Adamsville Cemetery

Mason, West Virginia

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The Adamsville Cemetery is located on the south side of WV-62 outside Mason, West Virginia (Mason County). The coordinates are 39° 01' 23" N, 82° 0' 41" W. It is across the Ohio River, almost opposite of Pomeroy, Ohio. There is a golf course across the road.

The Adamsville Cemetery is a very interesting cemetery to explore. Just a few years ago the cemetery was in terrible was extremely overgrown and had been vandalised. However, today it's in much better condition! The grounds are kept clean and mowed, and some of the gravestones have been restored. There are still many broken, fallen, and missing gravestones. Unfortunately, that seems to be the case in many old cemeteries.

One of the most interesting things about this cemetery is the section with the old stone wall around it. There used to be many veterans' graves in this section. There are still some graves, but few are standing...most are propped up against the wall. It's unusual to see a stonewalled section within a cemetery.

In July 2006 I received an e-mail from Judy Burdette with some additional information regarding Adamsville Cemetery:

"Adamsville is on US Route 33, it was named for a platted village of the same name. Now, this village did not get very far beyond the plat map, primarily because the flood of 1884, which had a devastating effect on employment and thus the economy of this area.

The earliest known burial, that I have knowledge of, was in 1862, a member of my family.

The tradition of the Wall, which was laid up of "Hand Cut" stone was that it was originally intended for Civil War Veterans, but spouses wanted to be buried beside their husbands, so many were buried outside the wall for this reason. Remaining plots, so the "story" goes, were eventually sold to non-veterans.

Christine Fruth (also a WWII Veteran) did the first ever (known) reading of this Cemetery in 1950. At that time the walled area was overgrown and dense with saplings, briers, poison ivy and underbrush. She literally had to cut and craw her way through the growth to read the stones she could find. Lots of Copperhead snakes in this area, so the account of her encounters was a bit of a horror story."

I would like to thank Suzie Crump and Becky Barnhart for their assistance in identifying this cemetery, I really appreciate their help! Also, a big thank you to Judy Burdette for the information she shared with me. If anyone has any additional information about this cemetery, please e-mail me at I'd love to hear from you.

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