A major organized effort with the community and local government officials began the project of cleaning and restoration to begin in spring of 2008.
The Jefferson County Chapter, OGS organized and began a cemetery cleanup and restoration project at the Northern Cemetery in Smithfield Township. We have come to believe that there are over 5,000 burials in this cemetery. The photo's below are an example of some of the different types of work that is done during these cleanups. We gather everyone together and ask who would like to work on which crew.
The beautiful mausoleum was painted. . We hope to get an estimate for repairs to broken marble tombstone face plates, and check into inscription enhancement. We will move to the lower portion of the cemetery,cutting large trees and bush. We will begin clearing the rear fence line/perimeter of the cemetery. Continuation of resetting the tombstones throughout the cemetery, and repairing tombstones will be ongoing until completed, which will take months and maybe years. There are MANY tombstones on the ground.
Many tombstone inscriptions were recorded during the three days we were working, with the help of several groups of volunteers and community service workers. Our MANY thanks go out to our volunteers who donated the most valuable gift possible - THEIR TIME! They came, not thinking they possessed any skills to help but left with knowledge about: how to read a tombstone inscription and record it. They learned about the materials used for tombstones. They saw first hand, up close the damage received to tombstones over the years.
Flora L. VerStraten, Chapter President, would like to personally thank the following people and organizations for helping to date in the Northern Cemetery:
Please click on thumbnails below to view larger photos!
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