|Subject:||Digging up graves in Henry County|
|Post Date:||August 05, 2008 at 08:20:25|
|Forum:||Henry County, VA Genealogy Forum|
"These are just some really old graves from the 1800's", said one county offical.
Please read this news account about the potential excavation of a cemetery in Henry County, Virginia:
Here's a clip:
Uncovering the past will take on a literal meaning in the next few weeks if the state Department of Historic Resources approves Henry County’s application for a permit to relocate 25 graves.
The county asked for the permit to “archaeologically remove and relocate approximately 25 burials located near Price in Henry County,” according to a public notice.
The permit is expected to be approved within the next two weeks, according to Henry County Administrator Benny Summerlin. The remains are located on a portion of land known as the ROMA property in Ridgeway, he said.
The county recently bought the more than 620-acre site to develop an industrial park near the state line.
Relocation of the remains is necessary because the cemetery is “located among the best portion of the land. They are just some really old graves from back in the 1800s,” Summerlin said.
“Most of the stones in the cemetery are unmarked,” he added. Legible dates are visible on only one stone, Summerlin said.
“One of the markers has 1897 etched onto it and additional markings that are not clear,” Summerlin said. The remainder “are simple, rectangular stones with very little detail on them.”
Only one name was legible, Summerlin said. He did not recall the first name but said the surname is Payne.
If you think these might be your ancestors, please contact the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org. You could call the county to try to stop them, but it doesn't look like they care.