Over in Millburn, NJ, a massive cemetery restoration project is currently underway.
Thanks to the combined partnership of the Rolling Hills Garden Club and the Millburn Township, the Parsil Family Revolutionary War Cemetery is slated to receive more than $20,000 in tender loving care.
Restoration goals include:
- Re-setting and bracing collapsed stones,
- Stone wall reconstruction,
- Entry gate repairs,
- Iron post re-settings, and
- Landscaping/soil work
Once these tasks are done, the garden club also hopes to plant a number of bushes and flowers within the site to highlight its attractiveness.
“The cemetery was originally owned by the Parsil Family, who had two of its family members fight in the Revolutionary War and two in the Civil War. Captain Thomas Parsil was killed in the Battle of Connecticut Farms in 1778, according to Petrucelli and Meyer’s research. Nicholas Parsil died in 1780 in the Battle of Springfield. Both men are buried in the cemetery. Edwin and Samuel Parsil fought in the Civil War, but research did not show whether or not they died in battle.
“We have two Revolutionary War and two Civil War soldiers buried there. Other towns do things to honor their soldiers. So Millburn should too,” said Sharon Petrucelli, historian and past-president of the Rolling Hills Garden Club.”
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