Mon­u­ment to hon­our those buried in un­marked graves

Cer­e­mony at Pine Grove Ceme­tery to hon­our Alms House graves

Tri-County Vanguard - - NEWS - THECOASTGUARD.CA

An un­veil­ing cer­e­mony will take place at Pine Grove Ceme­tery in Shel­burne for a new mon­u­ment hon­or­ing those who passed away and were buried in un­marked graves at Alms House.

The cer­e­mony will take place Wed­nes­day, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m.

Alms House, a mu­nic­i­pal home in Sandy Point, opened in 1885 and was re­built on the same lo­ca­tion in 1914, af­ter be­ing de­stroyed by fire in Septem­ber 1913.

The home was closed and torn down in 1958.

Dur­ing the con­struc­tion of Sandy Point Con­sol­i­dated El­e­men­tary School, which was later erected on the north side of the prop­erty, a ceme­tery was lo­cated con­tain­ing many un­marked graves. These graves were re­lo­cated to Pine Grove Ceme­tery in Shel­burne to make room for the school.

A mod­est grave marker stands erected at Pine Grove Ceme­tery, how­ever, the stone con­tains no in­for­ma­tion on the many in­di­vid­u­als buried there.

In Jan­uary 2018, dur­ing bud­get dis­cus­sions, the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Shel­burne Coun­cil iden­ti­fied the re­place­ment of the Alms House grave marker in Pine Grove Ceme­tery as a pri­or­ity for 2018. The re­place­ment of this mon­u­ment was brought to coun­cil by lo­cal res­i­dent Wally Buchanan. Dur­ing the past year staff have cor­re­sponded with Buchanan to iden­tify and name 75 in­di­vid­u­als whose re­mains are at rest in the Pine Grove gravesite.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity says it is grate­ful that this mat­ter was brought to its at­ten­tion.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the pas­sion and re­search that was put into this project by a lo­cal res­i­dent. Now we can prop­erly memo­ri­al­ize the res­i­dents of Alms House”, says War­den Penny Smith. “Ev­ery­one is en­cour­aged to join mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil as we un­veil this beau­ti­ful new mon­u­ment.”

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