Cemetery Restoration Workshop

Cemetery Restoration Workshop at Center Point
Saturday, September 10, 2016
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Registration Fee of $15.00

The Clay County Genealogical Society, Inc. has received a Historic Preservation Education Grant from Indiana Landmarks, Indiana Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Monies from the grant will be used to hold a one-day Cemetery Restoration Workshop on Saturday, September 10, in Center Point from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The morning session will be held in the Clay County Genealogy Library at 309 Main Street and will include information from Jeannie Regan-Dinius of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, who will explain the Indiana Codes relating to county cemeteries and the responsibilities of local officials.  Her presentation will be followed by instructions on cleaning and repairing cemetery stones by Wayne Langman and Jeff Dickerson.

The afternoon portion of the workshop will be spent cleaning and repairing stones in the historical section of the Center Point Cemetery at the north edge of town.  You may wish to wear or bring work gloves, a hat, sunscreen, and sturdy shoes.  Water will be provided at the cemetery.

The workshop is open to anyone wanting to learn the proper methods of restoring cemetery stones; however, space is limited, please register before August 15.  There is a registration fee of  $15.00, which will include morning refreshments and a Subway boxed lunch with water, tea, or soda.  Registrants will receive a “goodie bag” containing items relating to the workshop

If you wish to participate in the workshop, use the registration form below. Print it out and mail it in.

Internet Registration Form

Summer Library Hours

During June, July, and August the library will be open additional hours on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  The library will continue to be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.


New Book at the Library

Clay County Postal History

The Clay County Postal History is among the  many books recently donated to the library.  This colorful 97-page book gives the locations, dates of operation, postmasters, and much more about each of the  Clay County post offices. It also includes location maps, historical information,  and pictures of postmarks.

In 1861 the hand stamp for Center Point was Centre Point; in 1890 the hand stamp was Centerpoint.   Offically, the town’s name is spelled Center Point, and the post office name is spelled Centerpoint.
Some post offices changed names and locations over the years.  The Alexander Post Office in northern Clay County was established in February of 1872 shortly after the town of Alexander was laid out.  It was in operation until March of 1879, when its name was changed to Cardona.  Listed below are former and present Clay County post offices with their opening dates:

Alexander — 1872                         Alum Cave — 1884
Anquilla — 1851                             Art — 1873
Ashboro — 1886                            Ashborough — 1858
Ashersville — 1873                      Asherville — 1897
Belle Air — 1852                            Benwood — 1881
Birch Creek — 1854                     Bowling Green — 1825
Brazil — 1844                                  Calcutta — 1870
Campbell– 1897                           Carbon — 1870
Cardonia — 1879                         Centerpoint — 1893
Centre Point — 1855                 Cherryvale — 1899
Christy’s Prairie — 1836          Clay City — 1875
Cloverland — 1850                      Coalmont — 1901
Coffee — 1849                                Connely — 1892
Cory — 1872                                    Daviston — 1840
Eaglesfield — 1866                       Easter — 1896
Eel River — 1821                            Farm — 1856
Harmony — 1840                          Hookers — 1839
Hoosierville — 1858                    Huntersville — 1875
Hurricane — 1866                         Knightsville — 1870
Lena — 1871                                      Martz — 1854
McKinley’s Store — 1837          Perth — 1880
Peyton Creek — 1840                  Plunge Creek — 1849
Poland — 1846                                 Prairie — 1895
Prairie City — 1888                       Pratt — 1871
Saline City — 1872                         Sherman — 1864
Staunton — 1853                            Stearleyville — 1893
Turner — 1870                                  Van Buren — 1835