Cemetery gets a facelift
CHESTER — Davey Tree Service, under the direction of arborist John Blake, recently performed a “day of service” at the more than 130-year old Kingsley (Methodist Church) Cemetery located at the corner of Dominion Road and Goodhand Creek Road in Chester. Davey Tree Service provided the service for free. In recent years, the company has chosen to provide its expertise in tree care needs to one local park per year, free, and this year the cemetery that was sorely in need received it. There are five very large red oak trees on the cemetery grounds, one of which Blake said “is more than 200 years old.” All the trees were pruned.
The site of the former Kingsley Methodist Church (1886-1963), where the first recorded person in 1870 was buried in what became Kingsley Cemetery, is part of the detailed history of Kent Island. Linda Severa Collier, who grew up a member of the Kingsley congregation, is today the caretaker of the cemetery along with her husband, Butch Collier. The two live less than a mile from the former church.
Linda said, “I have never lived more than a mile from here in the places I have lived all my life.” The Kingsley site has a very special meaning to Linda. She has many fond memories of the small church building that she grew up in, attending Sunday School and many other meaningful church related activities.
Collier had bittersweet memories of when Kingsley Church closed in 1963, Collier said, “It was a sad day when the little church that was filled with so much love was torn down and just the cemetery was left.” The Kingsley congregation consolidated with two other Methodist churches, Dominion and Trinity Downs, also on Kent Island to form Kent Island United Methodist Church, located today just off Route 50 at Cox Neck Road in Chester.
The Colliers are also very active members of the Kent Island Heritage Society. Linda has served as docent for the James Kirwan House and Museum for many years. She and Butch have played instrumental roles in the restoration of the Kirwan house, museum and accompanying grounds once owned by the former Maryland state senator who had a major impact on the history of Kent Island 100-years ago.
Linda Collier said, “We are truly grateful to Davey Tree Service for pruning the trees and carrying the limbs away and sprucing up the grounds.” Collier also noted that KIUMC oversees that the cemetery and its grounds are cared for.
Davey Tree Service, of Cordova, can be reached for a full accounting of their services at 410-822-3220.
Davey Tree Service provided a free tree pruning recently at the Kingsley Cemetery in Chester. Here one of the Davey workers is trimming limbs of one of the 200-year-old red oak trees on the cemetery grounds.
Davey Tree Service Arborist John Blake, left, with Kingsley Cemetery caretaker Linda Collier of Chester. Davey recently provided a free pruning of the large red oak trees on the cemetery grounds. Some of the trees are more than 200 years old.
The marker of the Kingsley Methodist Church Cemetery, located at the corner of Goodhands Creek Road, and Dominion Road in Chester. The former Kingsley church closed in 1963 and was torn down as three different Methodist church congregations merged to form Kent Island United Methodist Church. KIUMC oversees the care of the cemetery.