Alms House mon­u­ment un­veiled

Me­mo­rial a tribute to un­marked graves

South Shore Breaker - - Homes - KATHY JOHN­SON TRI­COUNTY VAN­GUARD

A new mon­u­ment honour­ing the burial ground of 75 in­di­vid­u­als who were res­i­dents at the Shel­burne mu­nic­i­pal home, known as Alms House be­tween 1885 to 1958, has been un­veiled in the Pine Grove Ceme­tery in Shel­burne.

The un­veil­ing cer­e­mony was held on Wed­nes­day, Nov. 14.

Alms House opened in 1885 in Sandy Point 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 con­struc­tion of the 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.

The new mon­u­ment, which con­tains the names of all those buried there, re­places an old marker that had no names. Lo­cal res­i­dent Wally Buchanan did the re­search to iden­tify the de­ceased whose re­mains are at rest in the Pine Grove gravesite, work­ing with mu­nic­i­pal staff to bring the pro­ject to re­al­ity.

The Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Shel­burne iden­ti­fied the re­place­ment of Alms House grave marker as a pri­or­ity for 2018.

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