Sheep Pen Cemetery photographs courtesy of Scott Andersen - September, 2011 and April, 2012

"A cemetery may be considered as abandoned when all or practically all of the bodies have been removed therefrom and no bodies have been buried therein for a great many years, and the cemetery has been so long neglected as entirely to lose its identity as such, and is no longer known, recognized and respected by the public as a cemetery. 1953 OAG 2978."

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Spotlighting "Saving Graves" -- Ohio is Now Back on The List on

If you have been involved with cemetery preservation and dealing with endangered cemeteries for awhile, then you may know about "Saving Graves"

**Please note, a permanent link to "Saving Graves" has been added to "Cemetery Websites with Several Links" on the left-hand side column of this blog.


The good news is that the state of Ohio is now back on the list of the State Pages on "Saving Graves."


"Saving Graves, the world's leading website dedicated to the protection, restoration, and preservation of endangered cemeteries worldwide, is a completely free-access online resource that provides to its visitors a wide assortment of preservation information and records.  It's primary goal is to promote and emphasize the use of the Internet as a means to provide protection of human burial sites from unauthorized and unwarranted disturbance, by man or nature. The offices of Saving Graves are located at:

Saving Graves
880 Main St
Boswell, PA  15531


The Saving Graves website debuted on the Internet in March of 2000, as a result of a posting to a newsgroup that mentioned new website, Save Our Old Cemeteries, that was a part of a family history website. The subject of endangered cemeteries being something that Bill Spurlock had long been interested in and he offered to take over the management of the website. He had found several websites that focused on cemetery preservation however a search of the Internet found that there was no single website that attempted to gather all state and national resources. Saving Graves was created to geographically organize all these resources.  

In November 2005, Bill decided to step down as the owner of Saving Graves and turned the operation over to Steve Stymiest of Rock Hill, South Carolina.  Steve was the state coordinator for South Carolina, North Carolina and South Dakota and the U. S. Coordinator for Saving Graves.  Steve passed away in November 2006.  Nathan Zipfel stepped in to rebuild the project in early 2007 after the original website went off-line and has been maintaining it since."


For information about partnering with Saving Graves, please Contact Us.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Announcing a Cemetery Restoration Workshop - Friday, October 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM - Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM (EDT) Richmond, Wayne Co., Indiana with Gravestone Conservator Jonathan Appell

Cemetery Restoration Workshop

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM - Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

Richmond, Wayne Co., IN

 "This will be a hands-on cemetery restoration workshop given by Jonathan Appell. All tools and materials required will be provided. 

The basic techniques taught the first day (FRIDAY 17 Oct. 9 AM - 4 PM) will also be taught on day two (SATURDAY 18 Oct 9 AM - 4 PM). 

Those that attend both days will be taught some additional advanced procedures.

Jeannie from the DNR will give classroom instruction on Friday evening (time and location to be determined).

This instruction along with the workshop will allow attendees to be certified to probe for grave markers. There will not be any charge for this class.

Jonathan Appell is a professional masonry conservation specialist with expertise in gravestone, monument, sculpture and historic masonry preservation. 

Trained in engineering, violin and cabinet making, sculpture and stone carving, Jonathan has worked in fields related to historic masonry for over 25 years. Materials and instructions will be provided onsite. 

Participants will learn how to identify different monument types, clean gravestones using appropriate materials, repair damaged monuments, and reset leaning or fallen headstones.

The Hoover Bulla Historic Cemetery will serve as the classroom for learning techniques that can be taken home for use in historic cemeteries. 

Direction and location of this Pioneer Cemetery will be sent to those that register.

There will be a small lunch provided. Bottled water will also be available. 

Please bring appropriate clothes for any weather. The workshop will be conducted regardless of the weather. Bring your own work gloves, safety glasses (if you want to use them), mask, hand tools, and any other items of a personal nature (might be a good idea to mark anything you bring). 

You might want to bring a lawn chair. Bug spray and sun screen will also be a good idea."
For any questions or additional information please contact Dave Sloan