Bell operates Milton Fields Natural Burial Ground, Georgia’s only privately owned, state-licensed cemetery, located in Milton. Established in 2009, the cemetery focuses on keeping down costs and environmental impact.
Milton Fields stays away from caskets made of metal, exotic wood, concrete vaults and large stone monuments. Instead, it only uses biodegradable soft wood caskets and flat stone grave markers.
“There’s no need to bury anyone in concrete,” Bell said. “This is exactly what people used to do before the Civil War.”
Bell said he wanted to open his cemetery after reading a book that informed him that most cemeteries are corporately owned. Bell personally believes they do not serve the public as well as they could. His environmental alternative is also aimed to be affordable. Burial plots start at $1,300 and allot a 10 by 10-foot space for each plot.
“The community likes the idea of the cemetery in general, but death is a difficult subject to talk about,” Bell said.
Milton Fields recently opened a section of burial plots. A part of this section is dedicated to the founders of the city of Milton. The police department has also bought plots of land. Milton Fields also provides a permanent resting place for cremated ashes.
The ashes can be buried in biodegradable urns or scattered in a reserved section. The burial site is at 1150 Birmingham Road.
Information: (770) 751-1445 or visit www.miltonfieldsgeorgia.com.