Permission for the placement of this cache obtained from:
Fayette County Pioneer Cemetery Commission and Sextons
For more information regarding permission and access contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org or http://fayettecountyiowa.org/HistoricalCenter.html
This cache is a traditional cache located within the boundaries of a Fayette County Pioneer Cemetery.
The cache is a camouflaged three inch tall by two inch round bison type tube.
Why Are We Bringing You Here?
Faytte County hosts a number of Pioneer Cemeteries...currently twenty.
A Pioneer Cemetery is defined by Iowa law as having twelve or fewer burials in the last 50 years.
The Fayette County Pioneer Cemetery Commission restores, conserves and maintains these historical sites.
We are bringing you here to experience the unique history and monuments at these Pioneer Cemeteries.
The Tale of the Center Grove Cemetery
On Sept. 1, 1878, a camp meeting was held near the site.
2,000 people and 300 teams of horses attended the week-long Christian rally.
Local farmers provided hay for the horses.
Many of those in attendance thought building a church was appropriate.
The corner stone of the newly built church was laid on July 14, 1880.
The church was dedicated on November 14 of the same year.
The church was struck by lightning and burned on June 22, 1908 but was rebuilt that same summer.
Services were discontinued in 1926.
Later the building was sold and moved, but the cemetery remains.
The first record of the cemetery was:
“on Feb. 9, 1881, Volney Bennet died and was buried in the cemetery at Center Grove Church”.
(Note: there is no grave stone for Mr. Bennet).
Some of the trustees that served this church were:
D. B. Cannell
While at the site, please take a moment to enjoy the markers indicated by the specified waypoints.
This is a place deserving respect from all visitors.
Please refrain from climbing upon the monuments.
Many of these markers are extremely fragile.
Please notify us if you see any damage.
It is possible during the winter for a monument to be covered wholly or partially with snow.
For obvious reasons, please no digging.
Please note: Hint leans towards being a spoiler!