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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Timbuktu

The area once known as Timbuku, now known as the Bucktoe Cemetery, is a small, yet important piece of Chester County's history. Found around 1824, the Bucktoe Cemetery was a common gathering location for folks from Wilmington, West Chester and Kennett Square to worship together at the UAME Memorial Church. The church was burned down in the late 1800's and relocated in 1904 to Linden Street in Kennett Square where it remains today.

Together, The Land Conservancy, The New Garden Memorial UAME Church and Heritage Guild Works have collaborated on restoring the cemetery and bringing historic education to life. Over this past weekend, twenty girl scouts completed their historic restoration badges at the Bucktoe Cemetery. The girls conducted their own headstone rubbing in order to interpret the tarnished writing, and drew the 1800's landscape and layout of the cemetery from their perspective. Another task was assisting with maintenance of the cemetery; cleaning up leaves, sticks, fallen nuts from walnut trees, and trash in preparation for the Bucktoe Cemetery Chronicles Day this Saturday, November 9th!

Chronicles Day 2013 is open and free to the public from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Stop by to learn about the ongoing restoration, history and goals of the Bucktoe Cemetery project. Join us with historic restorationist, Eugene Hough, in an archaeological dig of the original church grounds to discover artifacts left behind when the church burned down. Cider and apple cider donuts will be available to munch on throughout the day! Please RSVP to education@tlcforscc.org or 610-347-0347 ext 104.

If your scout group is interested in participating in a badge fulfillment day, please contact education@tlcforscc.org or 610-347-0347 ext 104.


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