A new section of the Twin Hickory master planned community will sit atop the site of a circa-1896 gravesite just off New Wade Lane. The once rural cemetery with at least eight or nine documented graves is being meticulously uncovered and will be reinterred at nearby Shady Grove United Methodist Church. The Henrico Citizen has the fascinating story of what care and planning it takes to relocate a family cemetery when development encroaches in their cover story this week.
From the Henrico Citizen:
If you think your summer has been a scorching one, consider the folks who have been toiling in the Wade family cemetery in Twin Hickory.
Since July, the team of archaeologists and volunteers has been carefully excavating nine graves and preparing them for relocation to a church cemetery.
It’s hot, back-breaking, tedious work — but far from unrewarding.
While the laborers might seem typical construction workers, these workers’ dusty faces are atypically wreathed in smiles.
And as they take breaks to chug drinks and mop their brows, the conversation centers not on complaints about the conditions, but about their enthusiasm for the task at hand.
Pam Greene, a volunteer who answers research queries for Henrico Historical Society, says her enjoyment comes partly from the thrill of the hunt — and the possibility that the “next scrape of the trowel” could uncover new information.
Her passion for projects like these, Greene readily concedes, is bordering on compulsion.
“When you get the urge to research, you can’t stop,” she says with a smile. “It’s like, if you like chocolate chip cookies, you’ll drive all over town to get some.”