Centralia cemetery restoration reveals surprise graves

The graveyard was abandoned in 2007, causing weeds and moss to overtake many of the gravestones.

CENTRALIA, Wash. — Marveen Rohr helped change state law and secured state funding to clean and preserve the estimated 2,000 gravesites at Greenwood Cemetery, where her parents and grandparents are buried.

But after three years of clearing weeds and accessing cemetery records, volunteers have identified more than 7,000 gravesites at the Centralia property, some marking the remains of men who fought in the Civil War.

“That’s when we started to understand that we are sitting on a history lesson… It kinda takes you on this trip, you know

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