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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 18, 2015

October 24, 2015 Old Burying Ground Volunteer Work Session Scheduled to Start at 9:00a.m. in Greenfield, Ohio

Calling all who wish to join in the volunteer effort to restore the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio!  
Here is your opportunity to participate and contribute to the two-year progress that continues at this historic pioneer Ohio cemetery.  

The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 9:00a.m. to 'whenever' I have been told.

"Please join other volunteers as we continue to make improvements to the Old Burial Ground. We'll start at 9 a.m. and work as long as we have the energy. Come help and stay as long as you can."

The Greenfield Historical Society members have been spearheading this vigorous ongoing effort since 2014 to clean, repair, and reset gravestones and markers of all shapes and sizes that denote the gravesites of some of the area's earliest settlers.  

This all-volunteer work group effort has been led by Scott Andersen and his wife, Venus, who are also members of the Greenfield Historical Society.  The number of trained volunteers has grown during this year to include non-members alike. 

Scott would be the first one to tell us how well the group has been advancing with their elbow grease efforts, that for most, has now gone beyond the basics of  scrubbing and rinsing lichen-covered headstones.  
(photos below courtesy of Scott Andersen)
Currently, there are 537 known interments listed for the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield on the website "Find A Grave."

As a side note, co-incidentally, this morning I received notifications for edits on "Find A Grave" Memorials for two people buried at the Old Burying Ground:
 Eleanor Taylor Irwin (maiden name was added)
and her husband,
Jared Irwin  (his birth and death locations were added)