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Volunteers Clean Tombstones at
Pioneer Memorial Park
On Sunday, October 11, 2020, the NSDAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) Day of Service focused on cleaning the headstones in the Pioneer Memorial Park (PMP) cemetery area and the monument rock near the parking lot. In a few cases the stones were broken apart so it was a bit of a puzzle to see if the loose pieces could be matched to complete most of the headstone. It was a very cold, blustery day but all involved were dedicated to the purpose. Our historian, Priscilla Hudson, said she did not think the tombstones had ever been cleaned. The SPGC is very appreciative of their efforts to preserve these pieces of early Sequim history. PMP originated as part of John Bell’s homestead . He sold it to Clallam County in the late 1800’s to be used as a cemetery. Persistent flooding closed the cemetery and remains were moved to the Sequim View Cemetery north of town. New burials ceased in 1904.
Link to article about DAR cleaning tombstones.

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