|Local Cemeteries in Need
of Our Help
By Candice Lynn Buchanan
Each of these lives were memorialized with tombstones, designed and purchased by the bereaved family. Today, all three of these stones lie face down unable to be read. The fact that these are even the memorials for these three people can only be determined by initials on footstones and entries in burial records.
All of these stones are located in Green Mount Cemetery, just above the Waynesburg College campus, and though they are the three highlighted here, they are far from the only damaged, fallen, broken or missing stones in the roughly 16-acre cemetery.
Green Mount was officially chartered in 1853, though this historic burial ground actually contains much older graves moved in from the various family, church and Waynesburg Commons cemeteries that were dissolved over the years for modern development.
Green Mount is only one example of the hundreds of cemeteries in Greene County in need of repair and attention. The dilemma is that these old cemeteries often have very little, if any, land left to sell. Consequently, there is very little income to cover the expenses of general maintenance, let alone restoration and preservation.
The Green Mount Cemetery board is trying to reach families, descendants and other individuals interested in seeing progress, through its first newsletter highlighting the cemetery’s history, residents and the need for volunteers and donations. The newsletter and regularly updated research featuring all persons buried in Green Mount is available online at www.greeneconnections.com or by contacting Candice at 724-627-4632. The board is looking for volunteers to help on location and with historical research. Donations to help fund maintenance and restoration projects are needed and welcome to be sent to: Green Mount Cemetery, c/o Mary Hopkins, 2248 Smith Creek Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370.
The recent vandalism at Fairview Cemetery in Dunkard Township has left that cemetery in need of the same services Green Mount is seeking. Many Greene County cemeteries are completely without boards or other protectors. Family cemeteries whose families have long gone; church cemeteries where there are no longer churches or congregations – these are numerous in our county. Consider what you might do to help the cemetery that is the most meaningful to you – there are plenty to choose from.
This Memorial Day as you visit graves of loved ones and friends to pay tribute to the lives that they lived and remember the impact that those lives have had on yours, take just a moment to have a look around you. Stones that are today down or broken or missing altogether, once marked the graves that someone like you came to visit on a previous Memorial Day to pay tribute to those lives lived and remember the impact that those lives had on their own. Whether it was one month or one century ago, every stone represents the way a grieving family chose to remember and honor their loved one and bring solace and closure to a life lived…
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