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The cemetery is a mixture of old and new stones. It appears to be well-kept, but I suspect that wasn't always the case. There are many broken stones, some of which have been repaired, and others which are lying flat on the ground in pieces.

Along the back fence, there are about a dozen stones pushed up against the chain-link fence. They're just resting there against the fence - some are broken, others are completely intact, and some are rather large. I suspect that at some point in the past, someone bush-hogged or bull-dozed through the cemetery and different stones were broken or moved from their locations, and they've just been pushed to the back of the cemetery.

The cemetery is on a hill surrounded on the front, right and back sides by dense trees. It is completely surrounded by a chain-link fence. On the left side, beyond the fence, the hill slopes down to a residential area and there are several houses there. Some sort of chemical has been sprayed around the outside perimeter of the fence on all four sides to kill all plant growth. There are also many stumps of trees which look recent enough to indicate that clearing was done within the past year or so. On the right side of the fence, on the outside of the fence among the stumps, is a pile of about five or six gravestones stacked up one upon the other - probably more stones wrenched from their locations when machinery plowed through.

Added by: Robert Patterson
7/04/2010

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