It is always great to hear about a “reveal” that involves a cemetery and tombstones!
We often hear about long-neglected cemeteries and this is the first time that I’ve read about a newly discovered large-scale cemetery (okay a bit of an exaggeration as I gather that local genealogists were aware that it existed though the headstones had long been buried). Hidden Eloise graves uncovered in Westland tells the story ...
Locals have long heard about the hidden graveyard from that time. Now, those graves have been found and those who found them have a new mission: getting
to recognize the site as a cemetery. Wayne County
The history of Eloise in
Wayne County is more like folklore. It originally housed the mentally ill and is nearly as old as the state, dating back to 1839. It closed in 1984. Michigan
What appears to be a lonely field alongside
Henry Ruff Road in is a graveyard that three months ago was unmarked. It sits several hundred yards from the old Eloise mental hospital. Westland
The article is an interesting read and again reminds us of what just a few people can accomplish.
To learn more about Eloise, check out the Friends of Eloise FB page. There appears to be an active gofundme effort to fund the creation of an
. Eloise Museum
Also recently reported was the discovery of coffins in NYC, Old Coffins From 1800s Discovered Underground.
This reminds us that cemeteries are being “unearthed” all the time and that just because you don’t find burials listed on Find A Grave, BillionGraves, Interment.net, or other cemetery records websites, it doesn’t mean that they don’t exist.
Editor’s Note: Posts on related topics
+ Cemeteries -- Should they be Quiet Places of Respect or Vibrant Places Used by the Living or What?!??! (2015)
+ National Cemeteries, State Veteran Cemeteries and Confederate Cemeteries all honor those who served (2014)
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