Irving Area Historical Museum announces the formation of "Restore McCord," a new group dedicated to repairing, restoring and maintaining the nearly 175 year old cemetery located on McCord trail in Irving Township.
The first group meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, November 7th, 2009 in the Century House, 117 East Union, Irving. The meeting is open to the public.
"McCord Cemetery offers much historical value to the community," said Lemar Hartman, who is chairman of the museum board. "Many prominent citizens are buried there, including veterans from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War and the Civil War.
"Other notable people include Joel Knight, one of the earliest Presbyterian ministers in the area. In addition, many ancestors are in McCord, making it an important place for many people in Montgomery County."
The cemetery has declined over the years. Nature has taken over a major section of the cemetery with many historical relevant gravestones topped over and buried beneath the grass and brambles.
According to Hartman, the new group plans to dramatically restore the cemetery and then ensure the maintenance plan is implemented.
"We hope to see a lot of folks at the meeting," said Hartman. "McCord is such an important historical place in Irving. It deserves our attention."