Cemetery site of

GCHS meeting

         The following information was submitted by the Gasconade County Historical Society:

        As Gasconade County became settled and travelers arrived, passing through to points further west, life took its toll.  Settlers encountered accidents, sickness, violence and disease.  People died.  In every settlement or on family lands, cemeteries were established to properly lay to rest the bodies of loved ones and strangers.  Hundreds of these small cemeteries dot the landscape of Gasconade County.  Some are near present or abandoned churches, and some have been discovered on private land.
 
The Adams-Georgetown Cemetery is one such resting place, located on the farm owned by Arvil Koppelmann.  On Sunday, May 30, the Gasconade County Historical Society will meet on site at the cemetery, with Mr. Koppelmann presenting the program about Adams-Georgetown Cemetery, its history and the stories of some of the people buried there. A short membership meeting will start at 2 p.m., followed by the program. All GCHS membership meetings are open to the public.
 
This will be the first GCHS membership meeting of the year, since the February gathering was canceled because of inclement weather.
 
Richard Jones -- of the Springfield, Missouri, Relic Club -- will also have a short presentation about artifacts he has found near the cemetery, which was the location of both Union and Confederate army encampments.
 
The Adams-Georgetown Cemetery is located just off Old State Road. From Drake, take Missouri Route ZZ to Old State Road.  Stay on Old State Road for 3.3 miles to the cemetery.  There will be direction signs posted where needed.
 
The cemetery is a few yards off the road.  Trucks and all-wheel-drive vehicles can drive right up to the meeting location.  If you are driving a car, shuttle service will be provided from Old State Road.  Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. In case of rain, the alternative date will be Sunday, June 6.