Saturday, August 02, 2008

Thousands Drive Past Daily

Running some errands, I made a trip out Watson Road to Crestwood this morning to Guitar Center. I arrived 15 minutes before the store opened, so it gave me a little time to explore.

Hundreds of times I've driven past the historic
Sappington Cemetery in Crestwood, but never stopped. Today I had the chance to visit the historic setting. It's located on the north side of Watson Road, just east of Guitar Center.

It reminded me of colonial cemeteries from New England. If you want to take a neat tour in our own backyard, this place is worth a visit. The cemetery dates to 1811 and is the final resting place of many veterans from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War and WW1.

John Sappington, Revolutionary War veteran, is buried in the far back corner. Sadly, his grave marker lies in pieces on the ground. Even though it's one of the oldest graves there, you can still read the tombstone fragments to tell it's his.

Someone more knowledgeable of such things please weigh in on it appropriate to restore the pieces of an old grave marker and stand it back up? Or are these centuries old relics considered to fragile for repair?

With such a fine historic landmark right in our midst, it doesn't seem right that one of the most significant memorials lies in pieces. Maybe there are plans for its repair? It's broken cleanly into about 4 or 5 medium sized pieces of stone.

On the bright side, most of the historic grave markers at the cemetery are aging beautifully.

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