Oak Grove Cemetery Society Brunswick, Georgia Inc.
Oak Grove Cemetery Society Brunswick Georgia Inc. was founded in 2014 in cooperation with a group of 16 concerned stakeholder organizations in Brunswick (Glynn County), Georgia. This local group’s desire to create a 501(c)(3) came from a desperate need for an official caretaker to step in and save the forgotten Oak Grove Cemetery. The cemetery was founded by the City of Brunswick in 1838 as its first public burial site, but it fell into disrepair once the city created further cemeteries outside the city limits. Now, along with its 16 stake holder organizations, Oak Grove Cemetery Society has set as its mission to work with the City of Brunswick, the descendants of those at rest, and the public in the protection, conservation, preservation, and maintenance of historic Oak Grove Cemetery.
Representing its 100 members and managing the historic site, a passionate group of volunteers make up the Board of directors, consisting of five Officers and six Member at Large positions selected from community leaders. The Board members are elected for three-year terms with the last election held in 2014. The cemetery’s stakeholders named Robert Gindhart as Chairman of the Board and President of Oak Grove Cemetery Society due to his previous experience in non-profit work as President of Sonoma, California’s oldest non-profit as well as his position on the Brunswick Historic Preservation Board. Combining the experience from Mr. Gindhart and the Board of directors with the tireless efforts of community volunteers, Oak Grove Cemetery Society has been able to achieve many of the goals from the OGCS master plan in the first 21 months of its existence. For more information on the work of OGCS, explore our projects page.
Board of Directors for the OGCS
President Robert M. Gindhart, III
Vice President Brailsford Troup Nightingale Jr.
Secretary Sandra Colhard
Treasurer Carolyn M. Nugent
Corresponding Secretary Kimberly Stone
Director of Cemetery Grounds Ernest Jones
Director of Landscape Projects Jerry Spencer
Director of Membership Bonnie Roberts
Board Member At Large William Weeks - Archeologist
Relationship Stakeholders that Compose the OGCS
City of Brunswick
Descendants of Those at Rest
Community of Glynn County
Coastal Georgia Genealogical Society
Friends of Hofwyl-Broadﬁeld Plantation, A Chapter of Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Historic Brunswick Foundation, Brunswick, Georgia
Magnolia Garden Club, Brunswick, Georgia
National Society of the Colonial Dames XVII Century, St. Simons Island, Georgia Chapter
National Society of the Daughters of the American Colonists, St. John's Parish Chapter
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Brunswick, Georgia Chapter
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Fort Frederica Chapter
National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Brunswick & St. Simons Island, Georgia
National Society United States Daughters of 1812, Catherine Littleﬁeld Greene Chapter
Signature Squares of Brunswick, Georgia
Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc. Thomas Marsh Forman Camp # 485, Brunswick, Georgia
United Daughters of the Confederacy Lanier of Glynn Chapter, St. Simons Island, Georgia
“For those who came before”
It is OGCS Board’s desire to communicate consistently with the membership. OGCS will let you know how you can be involved by sharing it’s plans, accomplishments, upcoming events and Oak Grove Cemetery information.
Epitaph is your connection to Oak Grove Cemetery. If you have interesting stories about these early residents of Brunswick, or photographs, please send your information to OGCS. Photographs of Oak Grove Cemetery are especially important for OGCS restoration work.
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