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.
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. 
Please be sure to read the whole story to learn how you can become more involved!