The Old Burying Ground in Greenfield, 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.

One of the big mistakes cemetery groundskeepers make is to over-weedwhack around a gravestone, leaving a large circle of just dirt around it.  

As we can see from the markers sitting in slotted bases and some installed directly into the ground, the grass around them not only looks good, but is helping to keep them upright.  

Restoration work at The Old Burying Ground is now in its fifth year!  Almost monthly during the Spring and Summer months organized day-long work sessions are held to revitalize this early Ohio cemetery.  Improvements come one grave marker at a time as the dedicated volunteers work carefully row by row.  The transformation has been phenomenal!

Indeed the volunteers of the Greenfield Historical Society, and others who have so kindly volunteered with them, have much to be proud of!

The results of their work now sit impressively right in front of their eyes.  It is a treat to visit the  “OBG” – and to view the photographs showing all of their progress!

The Greenfield Historical Society

Old Burying Ground Project Summary

A Look Back at Past Events – Tombstone Repair

The Bombing of St. Ives Cornwall and the Strafing of it’s Beaches by the Luftwaffe August 1942 .

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bomb damage

Owing to censorship in WW11 , many details were left out of newspaper reports of enemy action over the British Isles .

The full report below in The Cornishman 3rd September 1942 only gave scant details of locations and buildings damaged in the raid by two German fighters . St. Ives was just loosely referred to as a “South-West town” .

It was only by checking the names of the injured and the one lady killed and then locating them on the previous 1939 Register , that I was able to pin-point the report to be the of St.Ives .

The attack appears to have started with strafing of Porthminster Beach by machine gun fire . The pilots must have known that being the end of August there would be many children  and holidaymakers on the beach but nevertheless went ahead with their attack . Miraculously it appears no-one was…

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