The Uniontown Cemetery Inc. has announced the opening of a new section to their cemetery.
President and caretaker, Jeff Rider said acquiring more land for graves would be the key to longevity for the cemetery. With the sale of graves and memorial donations being the only source of income for the cemetery it seemed imperative to be able to add more grave plots.
Rider began the process of acquiring land from the State of Indiana bordering the west edge of the cemetery which was the old US 31 highway. With that land now being deeded to the cemetery it will serve as the fourth and newest section.
Rider said the cemetery hopes this added section will allow for over 100 new conventional plots and a designated “Cremation Garden” that will accommodate approximately thirty graves.
There previously were three sections to the cemetery with the first dating back to 1859.
That original section farthest north was gifted by Cornelius Conway whom also was the first person to be buried in the Cemetery in 1861.
The next section was acquired in 1924 and the last section the one being farthest south in 1954. Both of these sections were given by the Gilbert & Mary Collman family. Marie Collman Burke, daughter of Gilbert and Mary serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Cemetery.
Historically, the Uniontown Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Jackson county with many six generation lot owners.
Anyone wishing information about purchasing any of the conventional graves or cremation gravesites can contact Jeff Rider at (812) 498-4777 or make a contact through any of the local funeral homes.
This cemetery is located on Highway 31 in Uniontown and offers families a well manicured and maintained memorial resting place.