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Historic Cemetery Fence Sold on eBay
Citizens Shocked, Decry Loss
The Noblesville Preservation Alliance this morning learned that the historic wrought iron fence surrounding Crownland Cemetery on Monument St. is being removed. As a steward of our local heritage, NPA strongly objects to this removal as an irreversible desecration of our city’s historical character. A worker at the scene said the crew was removing the fence at the request of the cemetery’s owner and will be replacing it with a new one. The cemetery board apparently posted the fence for sale on ebay and it was purchased by someone in New Mexico. “It is extremely disappointing that Crownland Cemetery would make such a significant change to a treasured piece of Noblesville’s history with no community input or notification,” said Charles Hyde, President of NPA, “Since this is a privately-operated, in-use cemetery, it looks like we have little recourse at this point other than to appeal to public opinion and the conscience of Crownland’s advisors.” Dottie Young, president of the Hamilton County Historical Society said, “The Cemetery Board probably has good intentions but they didn’t consult anybody and have really violated the public trust. That fence has been there for more than 100 years and if they had just asked, NPA or the Hamilton County Historical Society could have helped them save it. We have money available for that. If this was valuable enough for someone from New Mexico to come get it, why isn’t it valuable enough to save? They’re sending our heritage out West.” NPA has started an online petition on its Facebook page so local residents can express their concerns. The NPA works to promote the preservation of historic homes, neighborhoods and resources to enhance the quality of life in Noblesville. More information can be found at noblesvillepreservation.com
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