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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."

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sharing Scenes of Walnut Creek Cemetery After Clean Up of October 18, 2013

Sharing photographs from Gail Allen taken during the course of the October 18, 2013 clean up at Walnut Creek Cemetery in Perry Township, Fayette County, Ohio.  

Below, bags of wrapped up trash sit on the ground after emptying the once overflowing trash can; the only one at the cemetery.  

Next, we see Gail's truck loaded with 18 bags of cleaned up debris found in the trash can and raked up from mostly the older sections in the back of the cemetery.  

  Following these two photographs, are scenes of the the older sections of Walnut Creek Cemetery that were taken as the cleaning project progressed.

This area includes burials of some of the earliest area pioneers from families such as: Carothers, Doster, Ellis, JuryLimes, Moon, Rees, Todhunter, and Waln.  

Many veterans of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and the Civil War were laid to rest in the back neglected section and are now mostly visited only by those placing flags to honor them on Memorial Day each year.

Many thanks again to Gail for taking the all important photographs, and participating in the raking work; going one step beyond the general clean-up with uncovering many buried stones and photographing those individually. 

Thanks also to the Fayette County Probation Department for extending their services to help with the raking and bagging.   

Looking ahead, the long-term goal of course, is for the Perry Township Trustees to "pick up the ball from here" and schedule regular maintenance work at Walnut Creek Cemetery and stick to it!! 


 Uncovered gravestone for Elizabeth Howe

 Uncovered gravestone for Joseph Rees

Uncovered gravestone of Anney Bennet, wife of B. 
Uncovered gravestone of Lewis R. Doster