Isn't it interesting how you can drive by a place many times before you 'suddenly' discover it? That's what happened to me with this cemetery. It's called Pine Level Campgrounds Cemetery and a roadside marker indicates that it was established before 1850. It's located off the beaten path near the town of Arcadia, just southeast of Sarasota. Having never heard of Pine Level, I did a little bit of research and discovered it's an honest to goodness ghost town. In the 1860s, Pine Level became the county seat for Manatee County. Then, it became the very first county seat for DeSoto County when Manatee County was divided. But, shortly after the town was declared the county seat for Manatee, the railroad was built and bypassed Pine Level. And that spelled the beginning of the end for Pine Level. After just 18 months, the county seat was moved to Arcadia where it remains today. I'm linking to the latest Taphophile Tragics blog. (Thanks, Jack at Hartford Daily Photo, for letting me know about it.) Click here to see more interesting cemetery scenes.