Counties care for cemeteries no longer in use

Adams County pays to maintain five abandoned cemeteries
within county limits including the Saxour Cemetery near Ayr,
seen here. The cemeteries are no longer used for burials.
Graves in these cemeteries are more than 100 years old.
Maintenance includes mowing, fence repair and animal
control it does not include repair of broken headstones.

They don't get many visitors and no longer accept new occupants but several area abandoned cemeteries have retained a country charm.

The markings on some headstones are written in German or Swedish. After more than a century of severe weather, some of the headstones are broken while others are worn illegible.

Adams County pays for the mowing of five cemeteries: The True Dutch Reformed Cemetery and Scandinavian Lutheran Cemetery near Glenvil; Morseville Cemetery near Holstein; Shiloh Cemetery near Kenesaw and Saxour Cemetery near Ayr.

Care from the county extends only to mowing and minor repairs.

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