Questers help to preserve history

Jefferson County has many historical places, and preserving that history is becoming ever more important.

One such historical place is Union Cemetery.

The cemetery was founded in 1854. It is a place many people like to use to take walks along tree-lined lanes.

Located in the cemetery is the original office building, constructed in 1892.

The building is in need of work to preserve it for future generations.

An organization – Hetty Elizabeth Beatty No. 1419 Chapter of the Questers – has undertaken the project of trying to restore and protect the building.

After all, the international organization is one that encourages the preservation and restoration of historical landmarks, according to the International Questers website.

The slate roof was repaired in May, and the group cleaned out the inside of the office building. Future work will include removing the plastic wallboard, dropped ceiling and vinyl flooring that were installed more than 50 years ago during remodeling work.

The Questers are in the process of raising money to have the stone work on the outside pointed as needed.

The stone needs cleaning, and a rafter in the lower level also needs to be repaired.

It is a great project for the Questers to undertake. Other organizations throughout the county have taken on similar projects to preserve historical places.

If it wasn’t for their work, many historical locations and buildings would fall further into disrepair because of age and face the threat of disappearing.

A cemetery is an album of a community’s history. Union Cemetery contains the graves of many people who played a big part in the history of Steubenville and surrounding areas.

The Questers need to be commended for taking on the project of preserving the original office for the cemetery.