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Jennifer Tipton (#50913)
 member for 14 years, 3 months, 18 days
Kathleen Wuerth
Advice for Desecrated Cemetery
What is the best way to send out a plea for help through findagrave? I tried to register for the forums, but so far my registration has not been verified even thought I have been a contributor to findagrave for nearly 4 years. I have run into a perplexing problem with the long abandoned and desecrated Blossom Farm Cemetery in Fort Ann, NY. The town has claimed ownership although farmers have paid taxes on this property for over 100 years. The town so far has refused to take responsibility for the cemetery. The current farmer is willing to cooperate with the cemetery restoration, but the town has sent him an warning not to use the property. The problem is that part of the cemetery (where remnants of grave markers still exist) is the path by which the farmer's cows access their pasture. There is no other access because the adjacent land is under lease and being cultivated by another farmer. The cows have been restricted to their barn since last winter and are stressed. The farmer is stressed by his cow's distress and the cost to feed them and he suffered a seizure recently. The volunteer Friends of Blossom Farm Cemetery (not a 501(c)3 due to the expense) developed a plan with the farmer to find the grave marker remnants in the cow path, document their location and move them to a fenced in portion of the cemetery to preserve them from further damage from the cows hooves. The local American Legion argues that the entire cemetery acreage should be preserved even though there are no standing markers left and no one knows the exact parameters of the original cemetery. The long time Town Historian who obviously never attempted any preservation, argues that it is illegal to move grave markers even a few feet despite the fact that the remnants have already been scattered by human and animal activity. Neither the farmer nor the town nor the volunteers have the money for a survey or legal assistance at this time. In two weeks, Skidmore College professors are scheduled to be there with specialized equipment to find as many of the long buried grave markers as possible. Do you have any ideas for resources to help? It is such a shame. The cemetery was active in the early 1800's with at least two Revolutionary War veterans. They deserve more respect and somehow a compromise that does not violate law needs to be found.

Added by Kathleen Wuerth on May 24, 2014 11:29 AM

Joel Bond
hey jen
I know you and when I read jimmy's bio I immediately thought of you. weirdness. Jimmy was always a few steps a head of everybody. I wish u well and just wanted to say hello...Joel Schrader

Ps I don't tan anymore.....cheesy

Added by Joel Bond on Mar 01, 2012 10:10 AM

 
 

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