Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in the Great State of 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 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, September 28, 2016

Sharing the "Highland County Times-Gazette" Story: "Veteran Gravestones Get Facelift"

The "Veteran Gravestones Get Facelift"  news story in the Highland County, Ohio "Times-Gazette" that was also published online on September 26, 2016, as shared by Steph Roland of the Highland County Veterans Office, spotlights the accomplishments that can be achieved during a hands-on cemetery preservation workshop. 

Included is to clearly state to participants their need to always adhere to Do No Harm best practices of preservation that ensures protection for the gravestones being cleaned and repaired so they can remain in good condition for as long as possible.  

Then comes the additional perk that can arise from probing and digging around in a pioneer cemetery - the unexpected discovery of a long buried gravemarker.  And, that is exactly what happened at the Fall Creek Cemetery workshop held this summer. 

The unearthing of the orignal grave marker for Revolutionary War veteran Alexander Wright who was born in Augusta County, Virginia circa 1759.
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This wonderfully written report blends the aspects of local history and genealogy that intermingle at final resting places in a cemetery.  It spotlights the ongoing need for proper education and hands-on participation at the community level to better address the needs at local cemeteries. 
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Please be sure to read the whole story to learn how you can become more involved! 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sharing My Photographs of the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio


I am quite pleased to share my photographs taken on September 16, 2016 of portions of some sections of the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield, Ohio. 

The Greenfield Historical Society has been holding hands-on restoration sessions at the Old Burying Ground, which is adjacent to the Travellers Rest, since 2014. 

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You can follow the progress of the all-volunteer group who are transforming this early Ohio cemetery on the website of the Greenfield Historical Society.  
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Friday, September 23, 2016

The Grave Marker of Harvey Limes at Walnut Creek Cemetery, Perry Township, Fayette County, Ohio -- What a Year After a D/2 Biological Solution Application Can Do for This Early Ohio Gravestone!

I am very pleased to share this three photo comparison of how the Harvey Limes' grave marker looks today 14 months after D/2 Biological Solution was applied to it with a soft bristle brush and a lot of rinsing.  

No power tools or power washers were used to bring out the life, with its surface left intact, of this stone that was erected in 1839.