|Enon Church Road|
Postal Code: 15377
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Ackley Cemetery is also known as Wood Cemetery. This is a difficult cemetery to find as it can not be seen from the street and can only be accessed during the late Fall and Winter. Ackley Cemetery is located on private property and does not have off street parking. The cemetery has been abandoned as of 2012 and is in poor condition. It was once an open area, but today sits inside a copse of trees and briars. Several stones have deteriorated beyond identification or have fallen over. Many of the stones can not be reached due to the thickness of the surrounding vegetation and fallen tree limbs.
Ackley Cemetery is located at the intersection of Enon Church Road and Valley Chapel Road. This intersection was once known as Simpson's Store. If coming from the direction of Ackley Creek Road traveling on Enon Church Road , one will pass the entrance to the coal mine on the way to the intersection. The cemetery is located on top of the hill that is across the street from the brick house known locally as the I.L. Wood House. Ackley Cemetery sits at the top of the rise of the first hill and is almost centrally located. Standing in front of the copse of trees surrounding the cemetery, one is nearly in direct line with the brick house at the bottom of the hill. If one can not see the house, then one has gone too far up into the surrounding hills.
This is a steep hill and the ground is uneven in spots. If visiting the cemetery, be sure to wear proper footwear and be prepared for a hike. Also wear appropriate garments as one does have to walk through thorns and briars to reach the cemetery. Look carefully into the groups of trees as the cemetery is very easy to miss.
For links to videos of the cemetery, go to www.ackleyhomestead.com. The videos were posted by MW Ackley titled "Wood Cemetery 1988 Part 1 and Part 2." These videos were made by Adolphus Ackley. The condition of the cemetery in 2012 is the same as it was in 1988.