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."

The Standing of the Dead


"THE STANDING OF THE DEAD: SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF ABANDONED GRAVEYARDS Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree’s shade, Where heaves the turf in many a mould’ring heap, Each in his narrow cell for ever laid, The rude Forefathers of the hamlet sleep. …. Yet ev’n these bones from insult to protect Some frail memorial still erected nigh, With uncouth rhimes and shapeless sculpture deck’d, Implores the passing tribute of a sigh. — Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard, in THE OXFORD BOOK OF ENGLISH VERSE 278, 280 (Christopher B. Ricks ed., Oxford Univ. Press 1999) (1750)."

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