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Chester County Press

Chronicles Day slated Nov. 8 at historic Bucktoe Cemetery

11/05/2014 07:38PM ● By Lev

The 4th Annual Chronicles Day will be held Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bucktoe Cemetery (229 Bucktoe Rd., Avondale). The Land Conservancy, the New Garden UAME Church and Heritage Guild Works will sponsor a living history presentation about the restoration and educational events at the Bucktoe Cemetery.

Visitors can walk the village once known as Timbuktu. Historic Bucktoe Cemetery is the final resting place of eight members of the United States Colored Troops who served in the Civil War, as well as approximately 120 local residents who died during the Civil War era. The cemetery is owned by the New Garden UAME Church, which relocated to Kennett Square in 1904 after the original church was burned down.

Located just off Route 82 in Kennett, and adjacent to the Bucktoe Creek Preserve, the Bucktoe Cemetery is part of the west branch of a larger historic district, the Red Clay Creek Conservation District, which is currently being prepared for nomination for the National Register. TLC began the process of restoring the cemetery in 2010, in preparation for the Pennsylvania Hallowed Grounds Grand Review, which honored a handful of Civil War cemeteries across Pennsylvania.

The cemetery had long been neglected, with virtually no gravestones or markers. TLC partnered with local schools, historical organizations, and restoration specialist Eugene Hough of Heritage Guild Works, to begin the process of restoring the cemetery and honoring those buried there.

Light refreshments will be provided on Nov. 8. Suggested donation is $5 or more. E-mail [email protected] or call 610-347-0347, ext. 104, for reservations.