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Old Hazelwood Cemetery Desoto Parish Louisiana
Posted by: Angela Wilburn (ID *****4933) Date: February 06, 2007 at 10:24:01
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After searching in 2000 I found an old cemetery which is located on private land in Desoto Parish Louisiana near Grand Cane, and the cemetery is called Old Hazelwood. At the time I visited, the cemetery was in pathetic condition, with fallen trees and tree limbs laying on the gravesites, vines and grass growing everywhere, some graves were sunken into the ground, some headstones were broken, the wrought iron fence was falling down and this was truly a sad sight to behold. A few family plots had been maintained but as a whole the cemetery was not maintained. I did not do much that cloudy day except compile some names. I spoke with the owner of the land and he told me the history of this cemetery. We spoke of the condition of the cemetery and wondered why no one had ever taken an interest in restoring this cemetery. After visiting and talking with the person on whose land the cemetery is located, pictures and a story of the cemetery was written in the Mansfield Enterprise and I had hoped at this time someone would take an interest in restoring this old cemetery. I left the area and the cemetery has stayed in the back of my mind, but I did not do anything. I thought one day I would return to the cemetery but the years kept passing by. A month ago someone emailed me and asked if I was interested in trying to get something done about Old Hazelwood Cemetery. I can still see the plight of Old Hazelwood in my thoughts so I decided to call and see how the old cemetery was faring. I called Grand Cane yesterday, and spoke with a niece of the owner of the private land on which Old Hazelwood is located and I asked what shape the old cemetery was in and if anyone had taken an interest in restoring the cemetery. After speaking with her I discovered there has not been any restoration to Old Hazelwood.
I feel sorrow over the neglect of this cemetery. I want to see if something can be done toward restoring Old Hazelwood Cemetery in Desoto Parish Louisiana. I am writing this query in hopes someone else feels the pain in the neglect of a cemetery and would like to join me in doing something about improving the condition of Old Hazelwood Cemetery. Perhaps we could get the Grand Cane Historical Society interested or some other historical society in Desoto Parish Louisiana interested in restoring Old Hazelwood Cemetery. Perhaps if enough people, including myself, contributed the funds needed to restore Old Hazelwood cemetery then a piece of history could be preserved. Old Hazelwood Cemetery dates back to 1848. This cemetery is a place of history as well the place where ancestors are buried. I am hoping there are people who will read this and would like to help in restoring this
cemetery. Perhaps if each of us would contact the Grand Cane Historical Society then maybe Old Hazelwood Cemetery could be saved. Thank you for reading of the plight of an old cemetery which appears to have been forgotten over the years.

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