As quoted from Town Historian Robin Lattimore from his book Old Rutherfordton, “Of the many historic properties in Rutherfordton none provides a more tangible link the past then the City Cemetery” “A Stroll across the 25 acres property is like a walk across time.”
The Rutherfordton City Cemetery, more than 20 acres along North Main Street, is the resting place of statesmen, industrialists, authors, and prominent physicians. Of particular note is the grave of Joshua Foreman, who is credited with founding the City of Syracuse, New York. He was also one of the original trustees of the Erie Canal project. A historical marker along North Main Street identifies the location of his grave.
On Saturday a free, fun, family-friendly event explores local history with a scavenger hunt at the historic Rutherfordton Cemetery. The event begins at 3 p.m.
See the beautiful old headstones, learn about Rutherfordton’s past, reveal the hidden meanings behind the headstone symbols of long ago, and win prizes for finding the dates, symbols, people, and motifs during the hunt. This event is perfect for local history buffs, homeschool groups, teachers, students, parents, and everyone else who would like to discover first hand the “History Minted Here.”
“This is not in any form designed to be a free for all or a disrespect to the gravesites in any way. The event is designed to allow families and those looking to learn more about our past by exploring the cemetery. Those participating will be briefed at the beginning of the event and reminded of the setting, as well as asked to help the Community to care for the graves and to respect those visiting. As such, picking up old flags, setting up fallen over flowers, picking up trash, pulling weeds and learning to respect the grounds is just as much a part of this event as the learning and fun,” Town Manager Doug Barrick responded to our questions.
“While you’re here learning about the Town’s long history, remember with reverence the soldiers who lost their lives in battle for our great nation, consider the long journeys of immigrants from Belfast, Ireland, Edinburgh, Scotland, and St. Petersburg, Russia – long before planes and travel agents made travel easy as it is today. Also pause to consider the ways in which you can participate in living history by volunteering with the Rutherfordton Garden Club in the care and restoration of the cemetery garden spots. This is truly an educational opportunity,” explains MyRutherfordton on their Facebook site.
Rutherfordton City Cemetery: A Historic Landscape and a Garden of Stone