Strickler Springs Cemetery

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Re: Strickler Springs Cemetery
Posted by: Frank Duff Date: August 09, 2008 at 22:19:41
In Reply to: Strickler Springs Cemetery by Caroline Boyd

I know the Strickler cemetery well. In fact I was just near there today. Looked right up the mountain at it. You need a pack horse to get near it, maneuvering over and under barbed wire and electric fences up a very steep grade even cows can't stand on for long. Then bring out your machette to knock down the vines. Once they are cleared put on your chain mail armor to traverse the maze of thorn bushes that tower over your head finally arriving at the cemetery if you even realize you are there. Very little remains of this once large community cemetery except maybe 3 tombstones if you can find them under the thick brush. Two cedar corner posts marking the extent of the cemetery were still there last time I dared venture up there. The cemetery is on the crest of the hill where the high plain begins and had for years been the domain of trampling herds of cattle until the thorns took it back over.

Oh the location.... almost forgot.

Rt 39 W from Lexington continue thru Rkb Baths past Rt 623 On right) (which was the corner of the Strickler property). Slow down. A steep hill will be on the left. Then it will flatten out a bit near the road to where you can actually look up the hill. There will be a cattle gate in the fence. Park on the right side of the road where it gets wide and where canoeers park. Travel across the gentle slope of the field to where it really gets steep. Turn right continue about 300 yards to a barbed wire fence covered with posioned oak, cross it. About 10 ft further is an electrical fence. Get thru it. Watch for bulls that are often kept int his field. Once across the electrical fence head straight up the very steep hill about 1000 feet to another electrical fence followed by another barbed wire fence. You will be at the edge of the woods. Enter the woods dodging all the thistle and thorn bushes and the rather mean hornets nest in the fallen oak stump. The cemetery is about 50 feet into the woods from the line of the fence that runs up the hill. The cemetery is currently about 30 feet from the Strickler Springs property. We have hopes of restoring the cemetery or at least making it more accessable to descendants of the Strickler, Snider, Völlenweider, Mohler and Schey families that are buried there.

You can also access the cem from the Ost farm on Rt 623. The walk isn't quite as steep but you have to traverse further thru the thicket unless it has been knocked down again. The view I had from the road today looked like the brush was still there.

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