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Posted on: August 16, 2022

TAYLOR CITY CEMETERY RECEIVES HISTORIC TEXAS CEMETERY DESIGNATION

Cemetery Coordinator Morgan Cook holds certificate for Cemetery Designation.

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recently designated the Taylor City Cemetery as a Historic Texas Cemetery. The distinction means the cemetery has been legally recorded through the THC’s Cemetery Preservation Program, an important step in ensuring its preservation.

The designation is reserved for cemeteries that are at least 50 years old and documented through the Historic Texas Cemetery designation process to record their historic association and significance.

“Cemeteries are important keys in the history of Texas. Designation as a Historic Texas Cemetery helps increase public awareness of these important cultural resources,” said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the THC. “Knowledge and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of a historic cemetery.”

The Taylor City Cemetery was a 30-acre tract acquired by the City of Taylor in 1889. Now covering over 114 acres with room for expansion, the Taylor City Cemetery is actively conducting burials in present day. The oldest known burial site is that of the Vance Family, dating from 1853 while the oldest known stone marker is that of John S. Miller who died in 1878. Notable burials include many veterans and citizens of Williamson County.

Recognition at a future City Council meeting will be held to commemorate this historic designation.

“It is an honor to have the Taylor City Cemetery receive this distinction from the Texas Historical Commission,” said Mayor Brandt Rydell, “The City Cemetery is an integral part of Taylor’s history, and this is an important step to make certain that that history is preserved for years to come.”

Cemeteries hold valuable historic information and are often the last reminders of early settlements’ historical events, religious beliefs, lifestyles, and genealogy. While the Historic Texas Cemetery designation encourages cemetery preservation, it cannot guarantee that a historic cemetery will avoid destruction. Threats to historic cemeteries include urban expansion and development, vandalism, grazing animals, and long-term deterioration from weather and uncontrolled vegetation.

“Our City Cemetery is highly valued by our residents here in Taylor,” said City Manager Brian LaBorde. “Many families have loved ones laid to rest in the cemetery. We want to do everything we can to protect its history and integrity, and this distinction from the Texas Historical Commission is the next step that will make sure of that.”

The THC developed the Historic Texas Cemetery designation to address the destruction of historic cemeteries and the illegal removal of cemetery fixtures. Any individual or organization is eligible to submit an application for this designation.

For additional information regarding Historic Texas Cemetery designation, or to receive an application, contact the THC’s History Programs Division at 512-463-5853 or history@thc.texas.gov. For more information about historic cemetery preservation, visit www.thc.texas.gov/cemetery


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