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Cemetery Caretakers

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, May 26, 2014
1. Cemetery Caretakers Marker
Inscription. The first official caretaker of the cemetery was hired by the City of Lynchburg in 1866. He was paid $100 a year, and was only responsible for the care of the Confederate section. Over the years the role of the caretaker expanded to include digging graves and maintaining the entire cemetery. The caretaker was variously called superintendent, keeper, sexton, and foreman.

Dates…Name………Residence
1866-1868…B.F. Fortune………off-site
1875-1877…Henry Kelly………off-site
1877-1888…John T. Mason………400 Taylor St.
1888-1889…Thomas Jefferson Anderson………400 Taylor St.
1888-1895…James A. Marks………400 & 402 Taylor St.
1895-1897…Newton J. Farmer………400 Taylor St.
1898-1900…Uriel Hillman………400 Taylor St.
1900-1902…E.S. Oglesby………400 Taylor St.
1903-1910…Anselm J. Hewitt………400 Taylor St.
1915-1926…Col. James Watts………off-site
1927-1934…Alexander H. Logwood………off-site & 315 Wise St.

With the death of Mr. Logwood in 1934, the long tradition of a single caretaker, who lived on cemetery property, ended. Between the 1930s and 1999, cemetery caretakers were less permanent city employees, who rotated among other city properties, and who usually lived off-site. The following men, among others, helped maintain the cemetery during this period.
Richard
Hearse House and Caretakers' Museum image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 26, 2014
2. Hearse House and Caretakers' Museum
Austin • Thomas Cassidy • Odel Coffey • Leo Cumby* • John Dailey* • Lawrence Elder • Walter Fitch • Mr. Jamerson • Peyton C. McCraw* • Calvin Rogers • Edward Tomlinson • Clarence Walker • Richard Ward • Clement Woodall* • James Woodall

*Lived at 315 Wise Street, near the exit gates of the cemetery.

In June 199 a new city position was established for a non-rotating caretaker of the City Cemetery. The new position allows official cemetery groundskeeper, or “Cemetery Grounds Technician”, to develop the specialized skills and long-term commitment needed to maintain the present standard of cemetery care.

Kenneth Harsley 1999 —

 
Erected 1999 by Southern Memorial Association.
 
Location. 37° 24.922′ N, 79° 9.507′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Taylor Street and 4th Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gravemarkers in the Old City Cemetery (here, next to this marker); Gravestone Carvers in the Old City Cemetery (here, next to this marker); Hearse House & Caretakers' Museum (a few steps from this marker); Old City Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Old City Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Brick Wall (within shouting distance of this marker); Pest House Medical Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); The Carl Porter Cato Rose Collection (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Lynchburg.
 
Also see . . .  Hearse House and Caretakers' Museum at the Old City Cemetery. The oldest public cemetery in Virginia still in use today - Central Virginia's most unique public garden. (Submitted on May 30, 2014.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 541 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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