Funds needed for Adams Rural Cemetery fence

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ADAMS — The original iron fence at the Adams Rural Cemetery is in need of replacement.

“We would like to have a fence there for several reasons, including to keep the snowmobilers out,” said Michele Richter, Rural Cemetery Association secretary.

She said the fence — which dates back to the early 1920s — is beyond repair.

The Watertown Daily Times published an article on Nov. 15, 1922, when the original fence was erected. It said, “The entrance to rural cemetery has been greatly improved by an iron fence, semi-circular concrete at the gateway and ten rods of concrete road which passes the vault.”

“The fence, which you can see on Route 11, is now old and falling apart,” Ms. Richter said.

The association received an estimate of $17,000 for a new painted aluminum fence.

“We have raised $8,000 toward the new fence, but we need more donations to make it happen,” Ms. Richter said.

Donations to the cemetery for the new fence may be mailed to the Rural Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 59, Adams, N.Y. 13605.

This past summer, the board received a grant of $7,200 from the Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation to replace the chapel roof.

Also completed this summer was removal of the original in-ground vault which was old and deteriorating.

The cemetery dates back to the early 1800s. The first person buried in the cemetery was Alexander Salisbury, who drowned in the Sandy Creek on March 21, 1801. It began as one acre, and grew to more than 20 acres through the years.

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