Historic Cemetery Clean Up Saturday, November 6th 10AM

Join your neighbors and friends Saturday Morning, November 6th at 10 AM to help maintain the Ruff Family Cemetery. Historic cemeteries in Cobb County are preserved by volunteer organizations, and since 2019 the The Friends of the Concord Covered Bridge group has adopted and maintained the Ruff Family Cemetery where many of our community members were buried from the 1870s until the 1960s. Last year, Oakland Cemetery’s Ashley Shares led a workshop here teaching proper repair of and care for historic monuments. This year we invite you to come out on a beautiful fall day and help clear the cemetery of saplings and fallen limbs, as well as participate in some of the respectful upkeep of the monuments.

This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the people who lived in the Concord Community, labored in the grist mill, wove in the woolen mill, and farmed the ground where we now live. Last year we straightened the head and foot stones of the Reed children. This year we plan to give some attention to the graves of their parents, John L. Reed and his wife Nancy Ruff Reed. John was a Smyrna ice merchant and councilman, better known as “Blind Tom Reed” after losing his eyesight blasting rock during construction of the Southern Railroad.

You will want to wear long pants for this event, bring gloves, and maybe a good pair of loppers. We will work for a couple of hours from 10 until about noon. Give us a heads up if you can make it via email (pivester@gmail.com). We’d love to see you. Thanks!

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