Retaining wall topples at Boxwood Cemetery

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 August 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – The big retaining wall made of Medina sandstone by the chapel at Boxwood Cemetery fell over in late July.

The Boxwood Commission expects insurance will cover most of the cost of having the wall reset with the existing sandstone, Commission Chairwoman Kathy Blackburn said.

A cemetery caretaker was mowing the hill by the wall when the wall gave out, Blackburn said. She is thankful the worker wasn’t hurt when the wall toppled.

She expects the wall will be reset and “shorn up” soon. The commission is working with its insurance company on the project.

The chapel was built in 1903. The 20-acre cemetery on North Gravel Road (Route 63) was recently included on the National Register of Historic Places.

Blackburn said a historical marker will soon be erected to note the cemetery’s historical significance.

It was originally established in the Rural Cemetery manner in 1850. Boxwood Cemetery is characteristic of the Rural Cemetery movement.

Prior to that movement, most burial grounds tended to be in church yards and associated with a specific denomination, according to Boxwood’s National Register nomination. Rural Cemeteries created a non-sectarian burial place that emphasized romantic associations with picturesque, park-like natural landscapes.