project leader
Rosemary L
218 South Lake Street
(Village of South Amherst)
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the project

In the fall of 2020 after a visit to the oldest cemetery in the village of South Amherst, it became evident of the need for this restoration project for our community. The removal of the overgrowth toward the back of the cemetery began the project, where several gravestones and a family plot were found buried amongst the brush.  The South Amherst Historical Society hosted an event in spring of 2021 to teach volunteers the correct way to clean the gravestones. Another event was sponsored in the fall of 2021, with a focus on the correct way to re-set gravestones. In the spring of 2022, the society hired Gravestone Restoration Services to repair and re-set twelve gravestones. There are approximately 154 known internments in the cemetery. This project is set to be a five-year project. Approximately one-third of the graves stones in the cemetery have been cleaned and re-set.

the steps

1. Continued restoration of Pioneer Cemetery is our goal with as many repairs that can be done through donations and fundraising.

2. Many more gravestones need repair and re-set. Landscaping will be scheduled to keep trees from falling on gravestones. Fencing will be sent out for cleaning and re-installed.

3. Members of the society will continue to meet to clean and assist with repairs.

4. Recording of internments is also a focus of the society, as there have been no records found.

why we're doing it

The vision of The Historical Society shall be to act as a historical and educational society, to obtain, preserve and perpetuate the history of the Village of South Amherst, Ohio.  The monument of Jonas and Lucy Stratton stands inside a family plot. They are the parents of Henry who was co-founder to the Bryant and Stratton Business College. Eliphalet Redington's broken gravestone was also found. Captain Redington came to the township in 1818, he was instrumental in bringing industry, commerce, education, legal and government offices to the new land. He was an educated man and lawyer. 

Not only is preserving the history of this cemetery important but it's physical appearance is a reflection of our village.


Disbursed budget 3/24/2023:

Repair 15 gravestones at about $150 per gravestone (cost of stone repair and res-set is between 50.00 to 300.00)

TOTAL RAISED = $2,570.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $47.55


Original budget:

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.

-Repair 15 gravestones at about $150 per gravestone (cost of stone repair and res-set is between 50.00 to 300.00)

*Last repair session cost of 2,250.00 for repair of 12 gravestones.



Through your generous donations we have met our goal of $2,500.00. We will end the campaign a month early on April 1st. but will continue to take donations until then. There is more work to be done next year and by continuing, it may give us a head start! I met with the gravestone restoration services (Kate, Jane, and Ron) and reviewed the stones that will be repaired this year.  We will also have a community event in May, date to be determined, Kate, Jane, and Ron will teach the correct way to clean and re-set stones.  Again, Thank you all, Rosemary L.


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Ken and Pam Wilhelm
  • Gerald and Raynelle Bozicevich
  • Judy Fehringer
  • Marilyn Makruski
  • Pauline Sechel
  • Mark
  • Dori Law
  • Brian S.
  • Sam R.
  • Gerald Dickinson
  • Mark L.
  • The Donald Schmitz Family
  • Rosemary L.
  • Mary Catherine Gondwe
  • Penny Becker
  • Jessica L.
  • Jane C.