A few years back some representatives of the major cemeteries in town came to the Select Board and asked for some financial assistance with the annual upkeep of their cemeteries. Because of a lack of volunteer help plus low interest rates on perpetual care funds, the privately-operated cemeteries were having problems keeping up with regular maintenance. The Select Board and the Budget Committee agreed that the cemeteries needed the town’s help. The cemeteries are not only the final resting places for local residents, they hold a great history of what this town has been. Seaside Cemetery in Tenants Harbor was eventually turned over to the town, while the North Parish Cemetery, the Ridge Cemetery and the Clark Hill Cemetery continue to be operated by cemetery associations.
The St. George Historical Society has recently created a Cemetery Preservation Fund to assist with the work necessary to save the gravestones that have tipped, fallen over and in some cases sunk into the ground. A generous donor started the fund off with a check for $750. All donations to this fund, that will be administered by the Historical Society in close cooperation with the cemeteries, can be earmarked for a specific cemetery, specific family stones, or used for gravestones that need the most attention. All donations are tax-deductible as the St. George Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.
Donations should be made to the St. George Historical Society, P O Box 14, Tenants Harbor, ME 04860, with any specific instructions as noted above. If you have any questions about the fund, you may contact the Historical Society at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may call John Falla at 207-701-9750. —John Falla