Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday

Members of the Delmar Historical and Arts Society made a trip out to the Elijah Freeney cemetery this afternoon.

The cemetery is west of Town and the society is looking at cleaning it up and doing some repair work on it.

A number of tombstones are knocked over and ground hogs have tunnels all over the place.

We may be asking for volunteers out in May to help us - so think about it.

Elijah Freeney was one of two large estate owners, granted right-of-way to the railroad and donated land for a terminal. Mr. Freeney laid out the small town and built the first house and the first store in Delmar. He was co-owners of a Delmar store with E.E. Jackson who became a Governor of Maryland. In 1872, Delmar Methodists Episcopal Church (Today's St Stephen’s United Methodist Church) was dedicated to its present site, the land being donated by Elijah Freeney. Mr. Freeney farm was on the original land grant of ‘St. Kitt’s’.

A layout of the cemetery is above

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