Situated atop a high bluff overlooking Lake Eufaula are the ruins of the Moulthrop family home and the Shorter Cemetery. The bluff was home to the early settlers of Eufaula in the 1830s and 1840s. General Reuben Shorter and his wife Mary Butler Gill Shorter settled on this property in 1837 which at the time consisted of approximately 100 acres. General Shorter owned thousands of acres of rich cotton land on both sides of the Chattahoochee River between Eufaula and Columbus, Georgia. After years of neglect, the cemetery has been restored and maintained.
By the 1850s the settlers on the bluff discovered that water-borne diseases – typhoid, yellow fever, diphtheria – were killing off many of the people that lived close to the river. This resulted in a migration of the settlers to what would later become downtown Eufaula. However, even after the death of General Shorter in 1853, the Shorters stayed on the property which was inherited by one of his sons, Eli Sims Shorter, Sr. who was a U.S. Congressman. After the death of Congressman Shorter in 1879, his son Eli Sims Shorter, Jr. inherited the property and eventually moved to downtown Eufaula after building Shorter Mansion. Eli Shorter, Jr. sold the surrounding property to Robert H. Moulthrop but retained ownership of the five acres where the family cemetery is located.
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