September 18, 2013
Suzanne Dodge, Chair of the Prescott Heritage Committee poses with Gerry Brown next to a commorative plaque dedicated to Sandy Hill Cemetery and it's connection to Prescott's local history. Photos by James Edwards.
Prescott - Prescott Heritage Committee Chair Suzanne Dodge began by welcoming the group that had assembled on a chilly morning for the unveiling and dedication of a historic plaque commemorating the history of the Sandy Hill Cemetery before turning the festivities over to Fraser Laschinger, Chair of the Sandy Hill Cemetery Board who shared the background of this important piece of Prescott heritage.
The Committee has embarked on a program of placing plaques on historic properties in Prescott in an effort to raise the consciousness of our shared heritage. A small plaque has been placed on Prescott's first designated property - The Forwarders' Museum.
Fashioned by FusionCast, this one-of-a-kind bronze plaque, features the township logo in color. The plaque has been placed near the entrance gate to Sandy Hill Cemetery located at 975 Edward Street in Prescott, sharing the Cemetery's place in local history for all who pass.
The text of the plaque reads:
SANDY HILL CEMETERY
In 1830 Edward Jessup III bequeathed the land, then known as Sand Hill, to be used as a burial ground for the different churches in the Town of Prescott.
Colonel Edward Jessup I (1735-1816), the founder of Prescott, was granted this land by King George III for his loyalty and service in the American Revolution. The earliest death recorded in this cemetery is April 12, 1798 on the tombstone of Simeon Covell. He was the father of Susannah Jessup, wife of Lieutenant Edward Jessup II (1766–1815). This site became the final resting place for many of the pioneers who settled this area.
Erected by the Prescott Heritage Committee – 2013