Dedication of Entrance Stones on Sunday at Harlem Cemetery
By VICKI TIECHE
For The Sunbury News
Harlem Township has never had entrance markers for any of the six cemeteries in the township, even though some of the cemeteries are approaching 200 years in age. Through a group effort spearheaded by Vicki Tieche of Harlem Township Heritage, Inc., entrance stones have now been placed in all of the cemeteries in the township, including the new Barnhard addition to Fancher Cemetery.
Saundra Hill of Hill Stone donated the seven, large, limestone stones. Rick Day of RAR Monuments had the plaques for the stones made and provided them at his cost. Vicki Tieche developed the wording, which gives a brief history of each cemetery, for each of the plaques.
The project was sponsored and paid for through a joint effort of Harlem Township and Harlem Township Heritage, Inc., the community preservation and activities organization.
Harlem Township will hold a dedication ceremony for these new entrance stones on Sunday, October 7, at 2 p.m. in historic Harlem Cemetery (just east of Harlem on Gorsuch Road). Parking is available at the Harlem Church of Christ in Christian Union across the road from the cemetery.
Harlem Cemetery was selected for the ceremony because it is the oldest cemetery in Harlem Township – the first burial there was made in the fall of 1814.
Everyone in the community and those interested are invited to attend this dedication ceremony and help Harlem Township celebrate this preservation of its historic past.