Community
11:55 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Groups Work to Restore Wheeling's Oldest Cemetery

Mount Wood Cemetery
Credit Glynis Board / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Work is underway to reset the headstones at Wheeling's oldest cemetery.
 
Most of the headstones at the city-owned Mount Wood Cemetery have fallen, either due to shifting land or vandalism. 

The Restore Mount Wood Cemetery project is being funded by donations to the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley. Monument company Rock of Ages donated its time to reset four large obelisks.
 

Wheeling historian Margaret Brennan tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register that several noted Wheeling residents are buried in the cemetery, including The Linsly School's founder, Noah Linsly.
 
Organizers of the project are the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corp. and the Friends of Wheeling.
 
The heritage area's historian, Rebekah Karelis, says the Ohio Valley Young Preservationists is working to create a database of people buried at the cemetery.