I’ve got a goal and I’ve got a reason for that goal. I plan to photograph and record the dates of at least 500 headstones in Woodward Hill Cemetery by Memorial Day. That’s the goal and I started yesterday.
The reason: This cemetery has been neglected, vandalized and ignored for many years. If somebody doesn’t record what is there now, it may be gone for the ages!
Yesterday when I was there, I noticed there were only two headstones still standing in my Auxer plot. I say MY with pride, although it’s not really mine. The site belongs to my ancestor’s brother and his family. There are at least four generations buried there, and the headstones have been broken, knocked over, covered by dirt and trash and generally neglected until I found it.
This site is at the bottom of the hill in the cemetery. James Buchanan’s site is at the top of the hill and, of course, well maintained!
In this picture there were four headstones still standing, and the rest leaning, covered by dirt and/or unmowed weeds. The neglect of this part of the cemetery saddens me, as it does many, but there seems to be nothing a single person can do about it. Or is there?
There are literally thousands of headstones in this once beautiful Victorian cemetery and it would be an undaunting task to photograph and record each one of them. I’ve added 75 to the database at Find-A-Grave so far, and I’ve got quite a few to upload. Today, I’ll head out and fill up my camera.
I hope I make my goal! I’m going to give it that
ALL AMERICAN PUSH!