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Posted on: May 1, 2018

Boonville Cemetery Receives Historic Recognition

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Brazos County, TX – Brazos County’s Boonville Cemetery has received special recognition from the Texas Historical Commission (THC) and is now recorded as a Historic Texas Cemetery.  This means the cemetery has been legally recorded through the THC’s Cemetery Preservation Program, which is an important step in ensuring its preservation.

The Historic Texas Cemetery designation is reserved for cemeteries at least 50 years old, with documentation to record their significance. 

According to records, Harvey Mitchell used an ax to dig the first documented grave in the cemetery for his friend William Vess in 1846.  In 2012, Brazos County Judge Duane Peters closed the cemetery to future interments, with the exception of two burials in family plots.  One was Margaret Cooper-Sanders in September 2012, and the last was Martha Moody in February 2015.  There are 374 identified graves in Boonville Cemetery, but local historian Bill Page has archived many obituaries listing Boonville burials which do not have corresponding tombstones.

Boonville Cemetery was active for 177 years.  Today, it is part of Boonville Heritage Park, celebrating the area first established as the county seat.  The site is now home to several replica buildings and interpretive signs, offering a look back in time.  The buildings in the park are open to the public on the first and third weekends of every month, but the walk-in gates are always unlocked, allowing pedestrian access to the cemetery. 

For more information, call 979-204-5492, or visit www.facebook.com/BoonvilleHeritagePark

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