Boy Scouts Spruce Up One of Island's Oldest Cemeteries

Posted by on Monday, April 27th, 2015 at 12:38pm

On Saturday, the boys of St. Rita's Boy Scout Troop 7 pitched in and spruced up the Trinity Church Cemetery in West Brighton, one of the Island's oldest abandoned cemeteries. 

The group of 25, led by sixteen-year-old Anthony Griffin, focused on beautifying the cemetery's entrance gate by removing weeds that had grown out of control. The troop also treated the area with gardening fabric and woodchips.

"We uprooted all the weeds and put mulch down to make it simpler to maintain," said Griffin. Speaking about the Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries of Staten Island, he said, "Our troop is closely associated with them. They're great; they always have something for us to work on."

According to Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries of Staten Island's website, The Trinity Church Cemetery is the second oldest standing cemetery on Staten Island, with known burials going as far back as 1802.

[Photo source: silive.com]

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