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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."

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Spotlighting the September 30, 2018 Old Burying Ground Work Session with photographs from regular volunteer, Jacquelyn Doles

It is my pleasure to share these wonderful photographs below taken by Jacquelyn Doles, one of Greenfield Historical Society's regular work session volunteers, who has participated in many of these hands-on cemetery preservation events at the Old Burying Ground over the past five years.  Her photographs were taken during the work process of the September 30, 2018 work session. 

Additional photographs can be seen from the September 30, 2018 work session on the Greenfield Historical Society's website posted on their "Past Events" section under the "Look Back" tab at the top of the main page.   
It is such a treat to see these photographs that "Jackie" Doles has shared.  She has cleaned several grave markers over the past five years, and she has been a regular participant along with Scott Andersen, Venus Andersen, John King, and Michael Lee Anderson who are the mainstays of this all-volunteer group.  They are steadily progressing with their total restoration and preservation of the Old Burying Ground (affectionately known as the "OBG" by the volunteers) which is adjacent to the Travellers Rest in Greenfield, Ohio.  

from Jacqueline Doles:
"The Moon family stones all line up neatly in 
row like good little soldiers. 

Need a little scrubbing and they will be great."


from Jacquelyn Doles:
These stones were broken when the big tree fell during a storm. We are not sure if the tree has any hidden surprises
(stones swallowed during its growth. Lots of stacked stones around its base, however, as is the case in many cemeteries.


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