Friday, November 9, 2012
|Sister Springs Baptist Cemetery Interlachen, FL|
|Headstone erected to commemorate missing headstones|
|Names of those buried but burial locations lost|
The church's congregation erected a common headstone for those known to be buried in the cemetery but the burial location was unknown. For those who had lost a marker but the location of the burial was known, the church placed a small headstone on the grave with the name and dates of birth and death. In this way, a memorial marker was erected for all those loved ones who were buried in Sister Springs Cemetery even if the headstone had disappeared.
|Replacement marker when original headstone was lost but location was known|
Sister Springs Cemetery is well maintained. Once a month, the cemetery grounds are lovingly cared for. Vegetation is controlled and headstones are cleaned according to best practices using products that do not destroy the stone or erase the inscriptions. Last October, members of the Church Cemetery Committee invited FPAN to present a CRPT Training workshop on cemetery maintenance. Only recommended cleaning products and methods are now used to preserve and maintain this cherished old cemetery.
IMAGES OF SISTER SPRINGS BAPTIST CEMETERY
If you have a cemetery that you care for or know of one that could use a little loving care, call or e-mail the Florida Public Archaeology Network or visit our website. We will assist you to record your cemetery on the FMSF and we will be happy to schedule a Cemetery Resource Protection Training (CRPT) workshop in your county.
Call Toni Wallace, Site Specialist, FPAN - Northeast Regional Center @ Flagler College 904-501-9449, twallace @flagler.edu, or Amber Grafft-Weiss, Outreach Coordinator, FPAN - NE, 904-819-6498, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's have all of our old Florida cemeteries cared for and protected with a listing on the Florida Master Site File.
Images by Amber Grafft-Weiss