Graves relocated to make room for highway

HAMILTON COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - 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 relocated.

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.

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