Sheep Pen Cemetery photographs courtesy of Scott Andersen - September, 2011 and April, 2012
"The Association for Gravestone Studies"
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"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."


A Straightened and Repaired Gravestone Restores Respect for the Deceased Person it Identifies

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sharing a News Story with Photographs of the Dedication of the Ohio Historical Marker at Urbana's Historic Old Graveyard

Click Here to read the front page story written by Casey Elliott and published today in the "Urbana Daily Citizen" newspaper describing some of the details of the dedication of the new Ohio Historical Marker that was installed on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the site of the Old Graveyard in Urbana, Ohio.
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Below are some photographs shared by Champaign County Historical Society volunteer, Sally Johnson, who received them from Dan Walter, also a CCHS member.  

Three of the photos appeared on the front page of the "Urbana Daily Citizen" today.

Special Message from Sally Johnson regarding the old oak mini-tombstone paperweight shown below: 
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"Little oak paperweights were designed and handmade especially for this event.  They were sold at the reception to help commemorate the site and underwrite future markers. 

The story in brief: The mementos were made from the wood of the massive,175-year-old burr oak tree that once stood at the corner of the burial grounds. It was uprooted in a storm in 2013 and the roots brought with them human remains which confirmed the belief that the site still contained graves of early settlers. 

This gave renewed impetus to the project and validated the significance of the appeal to the Ohio's Historic Marker administrators. They soon agreed that the site was worthy and approved the application. Thus, the little wood artifacts---part of the tree that revealed the truth about the site---bear an intriguing story of their own."

"There are still some available. I think they are $15." 
Click Here for contact information for the Champaign County Historical Society in Urbana, Champaign County, Ohio.









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