Exploring almost forgotten gravesites in Ohio

Dedicated to cemetery preservation in the great state of Ohio

"A cemetery may be considered as abandoned when all or practically all of the bodies have been Removed therefromand 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."

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wishing Everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Sharing a Message to Think Safety at the Cemetery Year-Round!

Sending these messages and reminders as we look forward to Thanksgiving and the upcoming Holiday Season when more of us tend to visit cemeteries and decorate relatives and ancestors gravesites. 

Please remember to be safe while at a cemetery.  And staying safe at a cemetery includes being careful when walking around monuments that could topple over.  They don't have to be large or old monuments; just unstable ones. 

Since we may not always be sure if a monument is entirely stable, to be safe rather than sorry, please be mindful not to lean against or accidentally push on a marker or monument. 

Please stay near and watch children that come with you to the cemetery.  Children are curious and often play hide and seek around monuments or other games, and tragedy can strike so suddenly.  

The following messages are courtesy of Mark Morton of Gravestone Guardians of Ohio

The monuments below may be unsecured to their base; they are leaning and could topple over.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Our Dear Ancestors Resting in Peace Deserve Our Respect and a Respectful Gravesite

Sharing the popular and touching "Dear Ancestor" Poem as it appears beside a befitting Autumn hued scene at the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio.  The message is unmistakable.  It depicts our endearing respect for our ancestors and their final resting places. 

Thanking both Scott Andersen for sharing this photo, and Mark Morton of Gravestone Guardians of Ohio for his heartfelt original creation that invites us to linger a while longer the next time we visit our ancestors gravesites.