To accommodate a proposed project to widen a section of U.S.
27 in Colerain Twp., some of the gravesites within the Bevis-Cedar Grove
Cemetery and Colerain Twp. Lodge 759 (the Old Methodist Church) were recently
The widening of U.S. 27 between the westbound I-275
ramps and Struble Road is scheduled to begin June 2014, with completion slated
for Oct. 31, 2014.
Designed to address congestion and safety issues, the
project will require additional right-of-way along the frontage of some of the
properties that abut the project corridor. As part of this project, potential
impacts to the Bevis-Cedar Grove Cemetery and the Colerain Township Lodge 759 came under review. With the assistance of a local
funeral home, ODOT managed the relocation of the impacted gravesites.
Sensitivity to the work and respect for the families were of utmost priority
during the relocation process.
Most of the burials in the impacted graves along U.S. 27
occurred after 1950. However, some of the gravesites, particularly on the
Colerain Township Lodge 759 property, predate 1900.
The Bevis-Cedar Grove
Cemetery, also known as the Bevis Old Methodist Church Cemetery, was first
established in 1868, by Jesse Bevis, who was originally from Pennsylvania and an
early settler of Colerain Township.
The first burial took place in January
1870, and burial plots remain available today. Some of Colerain's first pioneer
families, as well as veterans of the Revolutionary War, Civil War,
Spanish-American War, both World Wars, the Korean War and Vietnam War are
buried within this cemetery.