John King and Scott Andersen were undaunted by the threat of rain on the last day of October, 2018 to proceed and conduct a work session where over a dozen gravestones were repaired and restored by them.
Below are ‘sneak peek’ photos which illustrate the type of preservation work that John and Scott, and other volunteers from the Greenfield Historical Society, have undertaken throughout their 5-year total restoration project of Greenfield Ohio’s earliest burial ground.
The historic cemetery is adjacent to the historic Travellers Rest.
Above composite photo courtesy of the
Greenfield Historical Society
October 31, 2018 work session
Old Burying Ground – Greenfield
From the Greenfield Historical Society’s web page
“Halloween turned out to be another productive morning at the OBG. Although it looked like rain would drown us out, we managed to work on over a dozen stones before quitting just minutes before rains came.
Scott Andersen and John King leveled and straightened tombstones and planned for the next area to address in the cemetery. Venus Andersen stopped by to offer encouragement and bring us soft drinks. This might have been the last session for the year, but maybe with a break in weather later in November or December we might be able to do some more work in 2018. This was probably one of the more productive years at the cemetery!
Many thanks to ALL the volunteers who help throughout the years making this a very successful project.”
Old Burying Ground Restoration Project
Photos below from the June 9th, 2018
Old Burying Ground Work Session:
John King, Jackie Doles,
and Michael Lee Anderson
June 9, 2018
Photo belong is a scene from
the June 9, 2018 work session
Check out the Past Events Page
view the Recaps and photos
of each of the work sessions
at the Old Burying Ground
The Old Burying Ground in Greenfield
at the Old Burying Ground
many with grave marker photos!
Total burials at the “OBG” on “Find A Grave”
now at 801!!!
Sharing this video from OSU Public Media produced by “Columbus Neighborhoods” about Central Ohio Cemeteries.
Below are links to the “Find A Grave” pages for the cemeteries that are featured in this documentary.:
Pickaway County, Ohio:
Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio:
Hillard, Franklin County, Ohio:
Congratulations to Scott Andersen who has done a fantastic job of restoring these box tombs seen in this photograph. The one on the left with its sides of individual stones is the more intricate of the two.
As we can also see, the dirt area around these box tombs has been tamped down to make it ready for grass to be planted.
We know that tombstones and monuments need grass around them to add ground support so they do not start to lean. Without grass they can eventually topple over.