Trustees at the historic Nave Cemetery in Springfield Township, Ohio recently moved all the headstones. Trustee Mike Keith said the headstones were moved to the front of the cemetery, away from graves, to make lawn maintenance easier.
The same thing was also done in the past at the Rudy Road Cemetery, also called Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
The Ohio Genealogical Society is upset and is protesting.
Last week, genealogy volunteer Missy Derrenberger received a call from an angry woman who wanted to visit a loved one's grave, but could no longer find it. The stones now lay flat, side-by-side, in a couple of rows at the entrance to the small cemetery.
The Nave Cemetery, also called the Millsboro Cemetery, contains the remains of 52 people, dating from 1821 to 1957. At least two veterans are buried there, including a soldier from the Revolutionary War and one from the Civil War. The most recent burial was of Mary Nave, who was born in 1865 and died in 1957.