At one time the earliest stone found in the Hart Cemetery was dated 1841, but there is nothing that old left. All remaining gravestones have been photographed and appear on this page. Though there is a relatively recent wooden fence around this tiny family burial ground and a monument built in the center (see photo above), the cemetery is not well kept and is littered with shards of broken gravestones and many large gopher holes. The cemetery is in the middle of a small industrial area and is surrounded on all sides by parked semi-trailers. Hart Cemetery isn't mentioned in Martin's 1858 History of Franklin County, but he does mention that John and Moses Hart are among the “oldest residents” of Norwich Township. Removed from the noise of nearby streets and highways, the bird songs were very easy to hear and several varieties of wildflowers decorated the graves of these seemingly forgotten pioneers.
NOTE: Since this page was put online I have received a lot of information from a couple of wonderful visitors to this page. I have added a new page for the Additional Information.
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