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Goals Accomplished

Hillcrest Cemetery

2020

  • OCTOBER 
    Our first preservation project! Joey Fernandez, with Preserving Our Georgia Cemeteries, LLC, spent two days at Hillcrest Cemetery to repair the monuments of Austin Pope, Blanche Carolyn Shaw, and the family monument of Joseph Stone and his wife, Mary. A Stone and daughter, Bessie M. Stone.

    Instructed Renee Hooks and the Seth Washburn Society youth on the correct procedure for cleaning headstones. The group cleaned 12 headstones, including the Willoughby family and the Sarah Candler Chapman rock wall.

     

2021

  • MARCH
    Cleaned and leveled Martin family headstones and Eliza Evans' headstone
    Cleaned 2 unknown Chambers box graves in the Old Section and 6 headstones

     

  • APRIL
    Added edge stone and flowers around the front sign
    Added flowers to the remembrance garden

     

  • MAY
    Cleaned 2 box graves and 5 headstones in the Old Section
    Joey Fernandez reset the base and assembled the sections of the W. A.Floyd obelisk
    Road closed barricade installed next to Floyd obelisk to prevent repeated damage

  • JUNE
    Cleaned 2 Chambers box graves in the Old Section 
    Narrow road signage installed along Hillcrest Dr

     

  • JULY 
    The first meeting of the Hillcrest Walking Tour Brochure Committee
    Scheduled October arborist appt for Hillcrest trees

  • SEPTEMBER
    Summer flowers planted around the front sign

  • OCTOBER
    Repaired 7 and cleaned 6 headstones
    Began prepping the area for spring planting along the fence in the Old Section
    Friends of the City Cemeteries was featured in the Villa Rican Newspaper

2022

  • JANUARY
    Cleaned bed and planted phlox and sedum around the back sign

     

  • FEBRUARY 
    Racked pine straw off plots near the mausoleum
    Cleaned 7 headstones

     

  • MARCH
    Tree and Limb Removal Project 
    Richmond Tree Experts cut down over 40 trees of various sizes and species, some of the largest being the 100+ 
    year-old oak trees. This is part of a beautification project planned by the Villa Rica City Cemetery Commission and the Friends of the City Cemeteries.  

  • MAY
    In the Remembrance Garden - planted two azaleas and one hibiscus and added bricks in front of the crepe myrtle
    Cleaned 5 headstones
    Yucca plants removed from around the cemetery

     

  • JUNE
    Cleaned 22 headstones
    Sprayed 14 headstones with D2
    Leveled one headstone

  • AUGUST
    Boxwood and crepe myrtle bushes cut down near King/Maner plot
    Cleaned 18 headstones

  • SEPTEMBER
    Cleaned 18 headstones
    Planted grass seed in the Old Section
    Candler wall cleaning continued
    Repaired and cleaned 2 Johnson family headstones
    Discovered field stone near Johnson family headstones
    Reattached the urn to the top of the pedestal monument for Joseph & Mary Stone
     

  • OCTOBER
    A water meter was installed in the Old Section
    Repaired 1, leveled 10, and cleaned 19 headstones
    Infilled 3 monuments

  • NOVEMBER
    Cut down bushes blocking 2 companion headstones
    Planted 14 Camillas and 3 hydrangeas in the Old Section
    Cleaned moss from 3 Chambers box graves

  • DECEMBER
    Sprayed 2 headstones with D2
    Dug up lone azalea, transplanted to Old Town

2023

  • JANUARY
    Villa Rica City Council passes updated City Cemetery Ordinance
    Threw away old flowers from pl
    ots
     

  • APRIL 
    Cleaned 26 headstones
    City crew begins grinding tree stumps
     

  • MAY 
    Trimmed down 10-foot-high loropetalums along the front
     

  • JUNE 
    Cleaned 35 headstones
    Leveled 12 headstones
     

  • JULY 
    Leveled 5 headstones
    Planted zinnia and sedum in cradle graves

     

  • AUGUST 
    Leveled  33 headstones
     

  • SEPTEMBER
    Cleaned 14 headstones
     

  • NOVEMBER
    Cleaned 13 headstones
    Removed Florida Sunshine bushes from the front sign
    Added large rocks along the front bed on the east entrance
    Redesigned landscaping in Remembrance Garden

     

  • DECEMBER
    City crew cut back limbs from behind the dentist's office that were encroaching onto the plots

    2024

  • JANUARY
    Put out two pallets of red retaining wall blocks around the front flower beds

     

  • FEBRUARY
    Cleaned 26 headstones
    Leveled 6 headstones
    Cleared one gravestone ledger
     

  • MARCH
    Cleaned 20 headstones
     

  • APRIL 
    Cleaned 12 headstones
    Leveled 1 headstone
     

  • MAY
    Cleaned 20
    Leveled 1 headstone & 2 cradle graves
    Planted perennials in seven cradle graves

Garden of Rest Cemetery

2020

  • MARCH
    Created beds around the roses
     

  • JUNE
    Created a flower bed around the front sign
     

  • OCTOBER
    Created a new flower bed in the back, around the bench, and planted crepe myrtles and butterfly bushes
    Planted new flowers in the front bed and added mulch

2021

  • FEBRUARY
    Created a new, long rose bed by connecting two single roses. North of the other long rose bed
    Put two Florida Sunshine bushes in the center

     

  • MARCH
    Added bricks around the front bed and roses
     

  • APRIL
    Added bricks around the back bed

     

  • JUNE
    Created a flower bed around the front sign

     

  • SEPTEMBER
    Installed grave marker prototype to replace the temporary metal cemetery markers provided by funeral homes
    Tall fescue grass seed planted in bare spots

  • DECEMBER
    The city crew removed the spoils fencing area. It was falling apart

2022

  • JANUARY
    Added new plants to bed around the bench and front sign
    Removed rose bed that was not doing well; it only had one rose remaining
    Planted Eastern Red Cedar in the area where spoils fencing used to be 

  • FEBRUARY
    Edged grass off the right driveway

  • MAY
    Planted two butterfly bushes from the Friend's Open House

  • DECEMBER
    Dug up 5 roses, couldn't keep weeds out of the beds
    Moved bricks around the Eastern Red Cedar Tree
    City crew installed solar lights to illuminate the front sign

​2023

  • JANUARY
    Villa Rica City C
    ouncil passes updated City Cemetery Ordinance
    Throw away old flowers from plots

    Surveyed cemetery / Took pictures of all headstones / Sprayed Wilson headstone w/ ReVive

    2024

  • JANUARY
    Redesigned landscaping in the back flower bed

     

  • MAY
    Installed a new flower bed of butterfly bushes, miniature gardenias, and Stella de Oro Daylilies along the back fence.
    Repaired chain link fence along the back. 

Old Town Cemetery

2019

  • FEBRUARY
    Began to clear out the back area that had become overgrown

     

  • MAY
    Cleaned 9 headstones
    Discovered a small footer in a base near Fannie Floyd Conner's crypt
     

  • SEPTEMBER
    Cleaned 15 and repaired 2 headstones

     

  • OCTOBER
    Cleaned 6 headstones
    Repaired and reset the headstone for William Monroe Leatherwood

     

  • NOVEMBER
    Discovered headstone for B Lucious, son of Reab Sanders

    Put poinsettias on veterans' gravesites and decorated the front sign for the holidays
     

  • DECEMBER
    Planted roses on the hill that had been growing in the ditch near 61

     

2020

  • JANUARY
    City crews and volunteers cleared out vines, trees, and briers from an area previously inaccessible, revealing
    over 30 fieldstones

    Fencing put in front of the flower bed on the hill
    Discovered 6 field stones and a missing section of a recently discovered headstone
     

  • FEBRUARY
    Planted nandina and bulbs around the front sign
     

  • APRIL
    Leveled John Heath's headstone
     

  • JUNE
    City crew sprayed the back area for weeds, briars, and poison ivy
     

2021

  • APRIL
    Fannie S. Floyd Conner's crypt has collapsed on one side
    Cinder blocks were put above James Bryce's headstone to protect it from water runoff

     

  • MAY
    Joey Fernandez leveled and secured James Bryce's monument. Cleaned with D2

2022

  • JANUARY
    Put pine straw in flower beds, created a new bed, and planted liriope on the hill along Punkintown Rd. 
    Continued to clear out the back section 

     

  • APRIL
    Planted Camilla, hydrangea, gardenia, azaleas, bulbs, and lantana
    Dug up Yucca and removed the bed it was in from along Punkintown Rd.

     

  • SEPTEMBER
    Planted more liriope on the left side hill along Punkintown Rd.
    Cut down stumps in the back area
    Marked 18 trees to be cut down by the city: 5 dead, 13 small

     

  • DECEMBER
    Planted 5 Camillas, an azalea, and lilies. 3 Camillas, 1 azalea, and lilies came from Hillcrest

    City crew installed a water meter along the road
    City crew began cutting down dead and small trees and removing big stumps

2023

  • JANUARY
    Continued t
    o clean up trees and bushes from the lower left, found field stones near Ragan family

  • MARCH
    Found fi
    eld stones along Punkintown Rd
    City crew cut down the final trees to be removed
    V
    illa Rica City Council passes updated City Cemetery Ordinance

  • APRIL
    Ancestry for Old Villa Rica Cemetery completed

  •  JULY
    Put St. Astier Lithomex LMMarb1 (Marble) mortar in footer bases for George and Charity McLarty.
    Set Emma Mable in her base w/ mortar and used Akemi Akepox Epoxy 5010 to connect her broken headstone. 
    Set James McLarty's tablet in th
    e ground. Used Akemi Akepox Epoxy 5010 to connect two pieces. 
    Leveled and reset Lucus Sanders headstone and used Akemi Akepox Epoxy 5010 to connect the two broken pieces
    Planted two Gerber Daisies in front of the sign and an azalea along Punkintown to replace a Gardina that died. 
    Limbed up the trees
    Used Akemi Akepox Epoxy 5010 to attach the broken corner pieces of the top of James McLarty's headstone. 
    Set field stone with an unusual head in a base using Lithomex Buff Brick mortar. 


    2024

  • JANUARY
    Continued to clear the back area and along the top corner
    Reworked some plants

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