About : Our Programs : Adopt A Grave

One Stone At A Time

All over America people adopt children and pets. At the Blairstown Museum, we adopt graves. Not just any grave, but those which are located in the Blairstown Cemetery. Dating back to the 18th century, the cemetery sits on top of a hill overlooking Blairstown's Historic District and is the final resting place for many of the area's "frontier families", including John Insley Blair.

At one time, it was the village's premier and primary cemetery. Today, it is seldom remembered - void of flowers and visitors. Many years ago, there was an effort to address the weeds and several headstones were repaired in the process. Since then, except for the occasional grass cutting, there has not been any new preservation work completed. The grounds are not well kept and many stones have fallen into disrepair or are covered in algae, lichen, and fungi.

These are the graves of the brave men and women who first settled here when the area was known as Smith's Mills; later Butt's Bridge and Gravel Hill; and since 1839 - Blairstown. They were some of the first blacksmiths, shoe cobblers, wheelwrights, carpenters, doctors, entrepreneurs and shopkeepers in the area - and they long to be remembered. Through our Adopt-A-Grave program you will have the opportunity to participate in this ongoing cemetery preservation project to restore dignity to those who were here before us - one stone at a time.

Relax, Reflect and Remember

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Wreaths Across The Hill

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Preservation Tools

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Adopt A Grave

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Sponsor A Wreath

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