The OES visited Shoemaker Cemetery on July 30, 2007. This small family cemetery was probably founded around 1813 when Eric Shoemaker was buried, who died that same year. His is likely the oldest stone in the cemetery, although it was hard to tell due to erosion and broken stones. An iron fence that once surrounded the cemetery was removed in 1985. Not much was being done to preserve the cemetery as it stood on our visit. The grass appeared to be moved every now and again, but the stones were in poor condition. There appeared to be a couple of holes dug into the graves by wild animals of some sort. One OES member who had previously visited the cemetery saw human bones laying outside one of the holes. Cemetery restorations are getting common in the area around Shoemaker Cemetery, perhaps it can be somewhat saved before it is too late, as the property around the cemetery was for sale.
Click Here for a complete list and photos of all tombstones standing as of July 30, 2007.