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The Historic Clarksburg WV Cemetery Preservation Alliance is dedicated to transparency in how our organization utilizes donations and volunteer hours. We like to keep this page up to date with all of the questions we receive. If there is any questions that you do not find on this page and you would like further information about our organization, please feel free to ask anything you want, we will gladly answer any submissions to our fullest ability as well as update this page.

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Frequently asked questions

What is our mission and the future for the organization?

The Historic Clarksburg WV Cemetery Preservation Alliance is an organization dedicated to ensuring that
the grounds of these and other historic burial grounds are well maintained and restored (as best as
possible) to a condition prior to when these important heritage sites fell into disrepair. We strive to provide
peace of mind to the living relatives of these deceased individuals and rekindle pride in our community of
Clarksburg and Harrison County by sharing the histories of the numerous individuals and their life stories
through teaching about their contributions to our community, both locally and nationally. We are always
seeking donations and volunteers to assist with our growing efforts. Please periodically visit our website to
get involved and learn more about our organization, our projects, and links to our partners.

The county commission seemed ready to help once it was a non-profit. Will the HCWVCPA be going back with a request?

Yes, the Historic Clarksburg WV Cemetery Preservation Alliance will hopefully in the near future. In addition to the County Commission’s request and concern pertaining to public funds benefiting a private organization, I believe the recent change in ownership of the Former IOOF Cemetery satisfies that. There were other criteria laid out pertaining to the Former Clarksburg IOOF Cemetery Restoration Project and we are working towards resolving that as well. The current ownership situations at the Daniel Davisson DAR Cemetery and the Jackson Cemetery project already satisfy their ownership criteria. The other criteria regarding these restoration projects involve prioritization of the numerous markers that are in various degrees of disrepair.

Where does the funding come from to maintain the cemetery and fixing headstones?

Funding for the Historic Clarksburg WV Cemetery Preservation Alliance for this past year were due to a
combination of private donations, a donation from The City of Clarksburg, and fundraising efforts. Our main
fundraiser this past year was soliciting sponsorships for wreaths through Wreaths Across America. Wreaths
Across America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of Remembering the fallen, Honoring
those who serve, and Teaching the next generation the value of freedom. WAA holds an annual ceremony
on the third Saturday in December known as Wreaths Across America Day, where live wreaths are placed
on the headstones of Veterans as a way to honor all Veterans and active duty military members. The
wreaths comprised of fresh evergreens are a symbolic gesture that has been used for centuries to
recognize honor and as a living tribute renewed annually. The tradition is viewed as a living memorial to
both veterans and their families.
We raised 111 sponsored wreaths with Wreaths Across America receiving $1110 out of the $1665 total and
the Historic Clarksburg WV Cemetery Preservation Alliance receiving $555 through the payback option. We
were honored to have 3 cemeteries participate among 1100 other memorials to bring their mission of
Remember Honor Teach to Clarksburg WV. We look forward to having the Jackson Cemetery, the Daniel
Davisson DAR Cemetery, the former IOOF Cemetery, and others participate for years to come. We are also
planning other fundraisers and seeking other funding opportunities for more information please visit

What are our goals for preserving the headstones in the cemetery and how will the Historical Society will be a huge part of that process?

We are working in conjunction with the Harrison County Historical Society and Americorp for a series of
restoration projects to be held over the course of the 2018 groundskeeping season which typically runs from
March through November. We will be announcing more details in the coming weeks and months. Please visit this website periodically to stay updated on these and other important events.

What is the proper name of the cemetery?

The cemetery has been known by a few names over the years, most commonly referred to as “Odd Fellows
Cemetery” ,“The IOOF Cemetery”, or “The Cemetery on South Chestnut Street”. Out of respect to the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the organization which founded the cemetery, we have referred to the
cemetery as “The Former IOOF Cemetery” (in accordance with their request to change the name so as to
show the cemetery is no longer affiliated with their organization) since 2011.

When did the Historic Clarksburg WV Cemetery Preservation Alliance take ownership of the cemetery and from what entity?

The Historic Clarksburg WV Cemetery Preservation Alliance took ownership as of December 19th 2017
from The Glen Elk Development Association.