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."

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Sharing "Then & Now" Photos from Scott and Venus Andersen - Scenes from the Dean Cemetery - Buckskin Twp., Ross County, Ohio - 2011 - 2018

From 2011 to present, Scott and Venus Andersen have been regularly visiting and conducting grounds and gravestone restoration and preservation work at the Dean Cemetery in Ross County. 

They have now totally transformed the relatively small size cemetery from its forlorn and forgotten appearance into being a peaceful and pristine sacred place worthy of those who found eternal rest there when Ohio was a young state.  

Early on, several trees, overgrown weeds, and even poison ivy were removed.  During many visits, gravestones were cleaned, repaired, and reset when needed.  There were discoveries!  Once long hidden gravestones were uncovered during the course of their work.
The heavy duty digging is no longer required, but regular maintenance of the grounds are ongoing. 

Extending deep-felt congratulations to Scott and Venus Andersen for their tireless efforts in preserving and restoring the Dean Cemetery to its original appearance and condition - reviving the respect and relevance to the community that it truly deserves.

Sharing with permission
All photographs by Scott Andersen

October 4, 2013
A exciting discovery!
When a long buried gravestone was unearthed
after being under another gravestone

2011 - 2014 photographs 
By Scott Andersen
Dean Cemetery

September 2011 top two photographs
April 30, 2018 bottom two photographs

Four scenes from the Dean Cemetery
Buckskin Township, Ross County, Ohio
April 30, 2018

Details of the Upcoming Cemetery Preservation Workshops at the Stratford Cemetery in Delaware County, Ohio

****Cemetery Preservation Workshop at Stratford on May 5 & 12, 2018****

After over four years of research to begin the process of clearing of the Stratford cemetery, a geophysical survey using a laser transit for mapping, ground-penetrating radar, a magnetometer a drone for 3D mapping and over 600 hours of probing for buried gravestones, we are ready for the real restoration. Restoration will include resetting headstones, repairing broken bases and headstones and cleaning head and foot stones. 

We have partnered with preservationists at Custom Gravesite Care of Central Ohio, to have a 2-day workshop on Saturday May 5 and Saturday May 12 from 9 am to 5 pm with a 45 minute lunch break.  Bring your own lunch, we will provide water.  This will be a hands-on workshop were we will actually reset and repair gravestones - come ready to work. They will teach us "best practices" to restore a pioneer cemetery.

***This 2 day workshop has limited spots We have a few slots for those folks not associated with the Stratford Cemetery restoration, at a cost of $50. Those registered as Stratford volunteers continuing to assist in the Stratford Cemetery efforts will not be charged.***

If you'd like to attend, please register:


(If you're part of the Stratford cemetery restoration efforts, please contact me directly to reserve a spot.) 


Emily Pidock
Volunteer Coordinator

Stratford Ecological Center
3083 Liberty Road
Delaware, OH 43015