Middle School students create booklet on history of Mount Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 May 2023 at 9:34 am

This is the cover of the 52-page booklet created by Albion service-learning students in the middle school.

ALBION –  Students from Albion Middle School will unveil a 52-page booklet about Mount Albion Cemetery during a ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday by the Ingersoll Fountain at the .

Students in Tim Archer’s serving-learning class have worked on the project throughout the school year. The booklet includes a history of the 70-acre cemetery that opened in 1843, photos, notable burials, caretakers and superintendents, the Civil War memorial tower, military sections, mausoleums, tree varieties/arboretum certification, old documents, and many other details.

The booklet will be available for free on a first come, first served with the expense to print 200 copies covered by the Orleans Chapter of the DAR, Christopher-Mitchell Cremations & Funerals, and Brigden Memorials. Some of the copies will be set aside and distributed to local libraries, schools and historians.

Matt Ballard, a former county historian who now lives in North Carolina, will speak at the program about some of the notable residents in the cemetery.

After the program, retired county historian Bill Lattin will give a tour of the cemetery, which was the first site in the county to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. That tour will start at approximately 11:30 a.m.

This is the final service-learning project for Tim Archer, who is retiring next month. He has led many projects with his students in the Albion community, including several at the cemetery.