Cemetery Restoration and Preservation

Located on Ames Plantation property are numerous cemeteries serving as the final resting places for many of the area's 19th century residents. Of all the historic sites found on Ames property the cemeteries hold a position of special importance, especially to those who descended from these earlier occupants. Each year individuals with family connections to those buried here contact us. Traveling from destinations as distant and geographically diverse as California and Rhode Island, visitors come here to see, many times after decades of searching, the grave site of a distant relative.

These monuments to those who helped to build this great land have suffered at the hands of time, both here at Ames and throughout the region. Each year this country loses many of these cultural treasures and the valuable information that they contain to neglect, development, and the simple passage of time.

In order that the cemeteries of the Ames Plantation survive for future generations we are actively involved in a management program for the purpose of investigating, restoring, and preserving these important cultural resources.

An effort has been made to use the locally accepted name for each cemetery, but in cases where the cemetery is relatively unknown, no local name exists.  For these cases the following system has been used.  If the cemetery is a private family plot, the surname of the family whose members are buried there is used.  If the cemetery is a private family plot, the surname of the family whose members are buried there is used.  When there is more than one cemetery which should receive the same name using this criteria, the designation of #1, #2, etc. is used with the cemetery containing the earliest burial given the designation of #1.  If the cemetery is a public community cemetery the surname of the first person buried there is used.  If no gravestones are present and there is no local name, the cemetery is given the name of the nearest field or area of the Ames Plantation.

Visit each of the cemeteries by simply clicking on the index link under “Cemeteries” on the left of your screen.