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."

Friday, February 20, 2009

Charles and Garnet Limes - Ridgeway Cemetery - Ridgeway, Hardin County, Ohio

Top photograph taken June 1, 1997. Middle photograph taken June 4, 2000. Lower photograph taken October 3, 2004.

Several cleaning trips are sometimes needed to more fully eradicate lichen and tree drippings on some stones. This white marble monument for Charles and Garnet Limes sits under a particuarly "weepy" tree that appears to be a pine. It would be difficult to cut away all of the branches to prevent further dripping on this stone. Repeated visits using soft plastic bristle and plastic scraper cleaning tools and generous rinsing have resulted in improved appearance and readability of the stone.

Gravemappers blog focusing attention on abandoned cemeteries

"At Grave Mappers, the time has come for us to change our focus.We hope that the Grave Mappers blog will become a central gathering place for people who care about cemeteries and want to help preserve the priceless records found there.

Here's what you'll find at the new Grave Mappers:

We will publish locations of obscure, abandoned, and endangered cemeteries.
We will encourage the preservation of cemeteries and their records through mapping at Names in Stone (we're still big fans!) and other documentation projects, as well as through on-site restoration and clean-up work.

We will spotlight individuals and organizations that are making outstanding cemetery preservation efforts.
We will keep you updated about cemeteries in the news."

"Contact us at gravemappers@gmail.com to share your stories and photos - and we'll include them in our blog."

My thank you JoLyn!

Extending my appreciation to JoLyn Day for bestowing the "KreativBlogger Award" for this blog site.

I consider myself relatively new at blogging, and being a blogger; thus I certainly need all the encouragement to continue providing a service to those who either have become or wish to become involved with cemetery restoration in Ohio, or at the very least, become active in the pursuit of learning more about the gravesites of their ancestors buried in the Great State of Ohio!

Thank you again, JoLyn.

Please take a moment to click on the links to JoLyn's sites: www.upbothways.com and her blog on the increasingly popular thegraveyardrabbitt.com: