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Volunteers Restore Easton’s Spring Hill Cemetery by Dick Cooper

As she walks through Easton’s h i s tor ic Spr i ng Hi l l C eme ter y, F r a n D u nc a n r e ac he s dow n to pick up a cast-off plastic cup. She can’t help herself. Cleaning up this sacred ground in the heart of town has become second nature. The grass is cut, the weeds are trimmed and there is ongoing work to repair vandalized markers. But it has not always been that way. Just four years ago, the 22acre cemeter y had literally gone to seed. Weeds were high, fences had been pulled dow n and over time, vandals had knocked over hundreds of headstones. “When I buried my father here in 2007, it was a mess,” she says. “Grass was up to my knees. My granddaughter said I should do something. I thought, what can I do? So I put a business plan together and went to the fraternal organizations to raise money. We got a committee together to help, and here we are.” One of the first things the new group of volunteers, the Friends of Spring Hill Cemetery, did was replace or repair the fence around

the perimeter of the cemetery to increase secur it y. At least 250 of the histor ic headstones were knocked over, many of them breaking, some beyond repair. “People were cutting through the cemetery leaving trash behind. We found bicycles and shopping carts,” says Duncan, the wife of Talbot Count y Councilman Tom

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Tidewater Times November 2011  

Tidewater Times November 2011

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