Restoration and Preservation Work at Oak Grove Cemetery
"Improving the Community; Restoring their Legacy"
The efforts of Oak Grove Cemetery Society are focused on restoring, preserving, and maintaining the City of Brunswick's oldest cemetery. OGCS is achieving that goal in a variety of ways, including a memorandum with the City of Brunswick on all efforts undertaken in regards to the cemetery and a new water infrastructure at the site. Also, through its continued fundraising efforts, OGCS has been able to raise over $20,000 for cemetery projects as outlined in OGCS's master plan of projects. Below, you will find an outline of the projects already completed by OGCS since 2014.
Find out how to get involved with one of our projects on the support page.
Sandy Colhard, OGCS Board Secretary, sponsored these new custom made chapel doors in memorial to her mother, Joy Craft. Joy at rest in Oak Grove today, is credited with discovering these original chapel colors and assisted the chapel restoration.
In March the Magnolia Garden Club donated a total of $1,850 for the OGCS Project: Restoration of a forgotten Victorian Garden including irrigation. Supervision and design of all landscape projects at Oak Grove done by Jerry Spencer. 04-12-17
The new signs offer a larger presence of OGCS in the cemetery and help all visitors understand the efforts of OGCS and how they can be involved. Additionally, visitors needed to know Oak Grove Cemetery is a historic site that is under the protection of the City of Brunswick Historic Preservation Board.
The entrance newel posts and fence sections were restored by Enberg Mold and Tool 02-12-16.
The Georgia Municipal Cemetery Association repaired the Edith May duBignon Stiles Monument 02-12-16.
Arborist Don Gardner brought in to safely remove trees that had become a danger to cemetery monuments 08-26-15.
A Bollard to block vehicles from entering the cemetery and causing destruction was dedicated to the city of Brunswick by Oak Grove Cemetery Society 06-06-15.
2000 bricks were donated by Bill Smith, owner of Southern Contractors, for use in the restoration of Oak Grove Cemetery monuments. 05-08-15
Cleaning of the Urbanus Dart plot 11-29-14.
The local chapter of the Colonial Dames, a future stakeholder organization of OGCS, restored the Oak Grove chapel, including a new roof, replacement of damaged walls, and new paint. Windows also donated by the Magnolia Garden Club.