An old cemetery has been found on private property in Edgewood.
The cemetery contains around 18 graves, one of which could belong to George Scott, a veteran of the Revolutionary War.
Edgewood City Councilman Jeff Schreiver was contacted by a former resident who claimed to have seen the cemetery and agreed to show where he remembered it to be. At Monday night's city council meeting, Schreiver told his fellow council members that he thought the resident might be referring to the old cemetery off the end of Charter Oak, but this one apparently is located by Brookwood, up the hill from Raymond's Nursery on Old Kentucky 17. The property is owned by Tom Schreiber, according to Mayor John Link.
Schreiver, City Administrator Brian Dehner, and Councilman Ben Barlage invited archeologist Jeannine Kreinbrink, from K and V Cultural Resource Management, to come with them to see what they might have at the site.
Kreinbrink was able to recognize the headstones right away, while Schreiver said that he only saw what appeared to be upright stones.
Some follow-up research indicated that Revolutionary War veteran George Scott fought under the "Swamp Fox", Francis Marion
, considered to be a father of guerilla warfare, and that he may have been present when the British surrendered to George Washington. Scott died near Banklick in Covington on November 21, 1821, according to records. He had several children and some of the graves may be their final resting place, too, it was claimed Monday.
The City of Edgewood plans to work with the property owner to learn more about the site. Schreiver suggested that a fence around the graves may be a good move and Mayor Link said that more research would take place, and the old cemetery and action surrounding it may appear on an upcoming council agenda.
In other business, Councilman Barlage gave a presentation on the building that was left on the six acres that were added to Presidents Park recently. He showed pictures of the layout of the house as it exists now, and then explained that if the city took down a few walls and made some changes inside and out, the result could be a small community center which could be rented for meetings or small occasions.
The building, when renovated, would be able to accommodate about 100 people standing or 66 seated. Mayor Link said the city would like to have a center that was a little smaller than the senior center, somewhat like the City of Florence has.
Council listened to the first reading of an ordinance on encroachment, which specifies that there are regulations to get a permit to work on the streets in Edgewood, meaning any company that repairs roads will have to have a permit. The ordinance will further require any company to repair the roads to the city's standards.
Another ordinance was read for the first time which set the tax rate at $.244 per $100 of personal and real property. Mayor Link said this is the same rate that was in place, and it has not changed.
At the beginning of the meeting, Mayor Link read the oath of office to police officer Dan Goodenough who is now the city's school resource officer. Goodenough was the chief of police in Villa Hills and retired two years ago, but was persuaded to come out of retirement to be the school resource officer.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Top photo: Dan Goodenough is sworn in by Mayor John Link (RCN)