Cemetery Restoration

Preserving local history is what Centerville-Washington History is all about. The Sugarcreek Baptist Church Cemetery, the "old Centerville cemetery," located behind Chiapas Mexican Grill on N. Main Street is ready for ROUND TWO of cleaning. GREAT progress was made in the fall -- see the before & after photo above. However, volunteers are still needed to clean the remaining gravestones using safe practices. Thanks to grants from Washington Township and the Centerville Washington Foundation, professional restoration of the most damaged stones is underway! Ed Ross, CWH Board President, has been leading this project and is ready and willing to train and equip you for this important task.
Join the Sugarcreek Baptist Church Cemetery gravestone clean-up crew.  This outdoor activity will allow for social distancing and a safe volunteer experience.
Dates/times for cleaning:
• Tuesday, May 18 from 9 am-noon
• Wednesday, May 19 from 6-8 pm
• Saturday, May 22 from 9 am-noon
Sign-up with this link for the dates/times that work for you. Group size is limited. You may also call the Walton House at 937.433.0123 during museum hours to sign-up.

Provided on-site will be: instructions on how to safely clean a gravestone; cleaning supplies; bottled water to drink; and a stool (aka an upside-down 5-gallon bucket). 

You may want to bring: gloves (gardening or work-type); camp-stool or lawn chair (or a pillow for on top of the bucket ;-); kneepads or kneeling pad; plus sunscreen and/or a hat as required.

Location:  Sugarcreek Baptist Church Cemetery (300 N. Main St, Centerville, OH 45459)


Updated April 2021