Pioneer Cemetery

Fort Recovery, Ohio

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The Pioneer Cemetery is located at the intersection of Gwendolyn Street and Washington Street in Fort Recovery, Ohio (Gibson Township, Mercer County). The coordinates are 40° 24' 38.51" N, 84° 46' 53.94" W.

The Pioneer Cemetery was established in 1820, and it is no longer active. It is the oldest cemetery in Mercer County. Although many of the gravestones have been damaged, there have been some attempts at restoration. There is also a large monument near the center of the cemetery that lists the names of all known to be interred there. The cemetery is very well maintained.

In addition to being the resting place of many of Mercer County's early pioneers, Pioneer Cemetery was also the temporary burial site of several soldiers who died in battles fought at Fort Recovery in 1791 and 1794. The remains of these soldiers were found along the Wabash River in 1851, and were reinterred in the Pioneer Cemetery on September 10, 1851. The remains were moved to their final/current resting spot at Monument Park in 1891.

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