Rededication of Woodmansee Sugar Valley Farm Cemetery – Liberty Township, Butler County
Patriots David Griffis serving from Connecticut, Nicholas Miller serving from Pennsylvania, and James Woodmansee serving from New Jersey were honored at the Woodmansee Sugar Valley Farm Cemetery Redidication on Sunday, October 12, 2014.
The private family cemetery located on a rural farm in Butler County had been neglected for many years. Beginning in 1994 with the genealogy search by Opal Woodmansee the cemetery came under the watchful eyes of the family. In 2002, Brandon Yarberry working on his Eagle Project with Scout Troop 974 spent over 200 hours clearing brush and uncovered many of the headstones. Over the last several years, local foundations, township trustees, and local real estate developer Carlos Todd Properties have completed the landscaping, monument repair, and access walk to a truly unique historical site.
Greetings were given by Central District VPG Tony Robinson, Ohio Society Vice President Jim Schaffer, Cincinnati Chapter President Col Don McGraw, John Reily DAR Chapter Regent Valerie Wilke, and Fort Hamilton Chapter CAR President Anna Insprucker. Michael Gunn of the Cincinnati Chapter SAR acted as the master of ceremonies and was project historian.
Letters and Resolutions of Congratulations were presented from U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner, Ohio Representative Margaret Conditt and Ohio Senator William Coley as well as Liberty Township Truestee Christine Matacic and West Chester Township Trustee George Lang.
The Eagle Scout Brandon Yarberry, now of London, England, was introduced to the audience.
Yes, the cemetery sits atop a lone knoll in the center of a newly built residential subdivision.