Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in the Great State of Ohio

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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."

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Exploring Saint Anthony Cemetery in Milan, Erie County, Ohio

Sharing scenes from a recent but short visit to the Saint Anthony Cemetery, which is adjacent to the Milan Cemetery in Milan, Erie County, Ohio.  
This is not a large cemetery but one where a visitor can easily enjoy an interesting time touring the almost hidden away grounds.  Be sure to stop and read the plaques, and markers; and reflect upon the awe-inspiring beautiful religious statues and towering Crucifix that make Saint Anthony Cemetery distinctly remarkable. 
There is only one mausoleum at the Saint Anthony Cemetery and it is a prominent one erected for the Fries, Roberts, and Taylor families who are resting in peace in this majestic looking domed structure that one would normally expect to find in a much larger cemetery. 
On my visit, I quickly realized though that the mausoleum was spared by just a few feet from being seriously damaged by a large tree limb that had come down during a recent storm that had not yet been cleared away from the area. 
The popular blog "Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay" by Dorene Orshoski Paul, featured the Valentine Fries Family Mausoleum in a blog post of August 30, 2011.  Please be sure to check it out!
Also, the "Catholic Architecture and History of Toledo" Blog featured the Fries, Roberts, and Taylor Family Mausoleum, among notable statues and monuments in a May 17, 2011 blog post.  
Bronze plaque affixed to the back
of the slant marker for 
Pearl Harbor Survivor


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Getting a good glimpse of the Pioneer Cemetery in South Amherst, Lorain County, Ohio - July 14, 2019

Sharing a brief but revealing glimpse of some of the more strikingly elegant markers of their day that are at the Pioneer Cemetery in South Amherst, Lorain County, Ohio.    
This tiny cemetery also has the alternate name of "Old Village Cemetery" on Find A Grave.
The Pioneer Cemetery is owned by the Village of South Amherst.
Find A Grave's map shows that the Pioneer Cemetery is located on "South Lake Street," which it is, however the road sign at the intersection of Main Street - which is State Route 113 also known as Telegraph Road - is labeled as "Pyle South Amherst Road." 
I did not see a South Lake Street sign at the intersection.  Thus, if you are heading east on Main Street you would turn right at this intersection and drive a short distance where this small cemetery is on the right side of the sloping roadway.  
Only a rather narrow strip of grass outside of the old rusting wrought iron fence provides space where a car could be parked lengthwise and kept off the roadway.  Private residences flank the cemetery. 
I believe this marker to be for:
Close up view of Harry Redington's marker
Redington markers left to right:
Harry Redington

Lydia Redington
The Pope markers
Joseph, Sarah
& Benjamin Pope
Visible are the remains of a stone border
denoting this family's plot. 
the marker for Elizabeth Pickett
Infant marker for Cora Worden

My thoughts:

The Pioneer Cemetery in South Amherst certainly needs a great amount of  TLC; much more than it has been getting.  
There are some markers with evidence of previous older repairs that are now failing that may not have been appropriate for them.  
I would encourage the Village of South Amherst to take serious note of the severe deteriorating condition of their town's early cemetery. 
A sound plan of action and participation would include:
 Bringing about greater awareness to the Pioneer Cemetery's plight through the local media and town hall type meetings. 
Enlisting volunteers from local community groups to spend some time cleaning up, and thus saving their pioneer cemetery and its history from further decay.
 Seeking funding for repairing and resetting the grave markers.
Hiring a professional whose expertise lies with preserving older cemeteries in particular.
Considering only a conservator who adheres to Do No Harm" best practices of the NCPTT (National Center for Preservation Technology and Training)One who affirms that they do NOT use abrasive/aggressive tools (i.e. NO power tools such as Nyalox brushes on power drills or power washers!) to clean gravestones

A wealth of local history abounds at the South Amherst Pioneer Cemetery.  History that highlights the lives of the early families of this area that is far too important to risk losing.
There is no question that protecting and preserving the hallowed ground and gravesites of South Amherst's Pioneer Cemetery stands paramount; and its needs can no longer be ignored.

"Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead, and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land and their loyalty to high ideals."
By Sir William Gladstone

Monday, July 15, 2019

Spotlighting the July 15 2019 Old Burying Ground work session - Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio

Volunteers continued their work this morning, July 15, 2019, at the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio. 

John King, of the Greenfield Historical Society, who is among the chief volunteers who has been steadily working at the "OBG" since 2014, also uploads photographs taken during the work sessions onto the "Past Events" Page of the society's website.  

There are several links to the Greenfield Historical Society's Pages here on the left side bar of this blog.  

Be sure to check out the calendar to learn when the next work session is scheduled if you are planning to join the volunteers!

  Scott Andersen, Venus Andersen, John King, and Michael Lee Anderson were working today until noon as the temperatures soared higher during the afternoon.  Jackie Doles and Gloria Losey are also long-time volunteers.  
This group of hearty volunteers from the Greenfield Historical Society, and all who have assisted them at various work sessions since they started this preservation project in 2014, have been totally transforming the entire cemetery one grave marker at a time.  After almost six years of work, their improvements are quite apparent all across the landscape of this early Ohio burial ground!