Cemetery Walking Tour and Talk


The Cooper Community Center Friends (CCCF) will be sponsoring a short walking tour of the General John Cooper family cemetery on Saturday, September 30, 2017, from noon to 3 p.m.

 The small family cemetery is located off Route 191, south of the Cooper Community Center (CCC) on privately owned property.  The cemetery is open to visitors by appointment only.   

 General John Cooper was the founder of the Town of Cooper.  John Dudley, well-known local historian, will provide an informational talk about the history of Cooper and General John Cooper.  Justin Day, life-long resident and current cemetery sexton, also may be available to answer questions.

 A group of Cooper residents are planning to start a historical society, incorporating a cemetery committee.  One of the purposes of this tour, besides the interest it affords to participants, is to take assessment of cemetery conditions so that plans can be made for repairs and refurbishment next spring.

 Karen Holmes and Bill Krider have applied for a grant from the Maine Old Cemeteries Association (MOCA) for them to lead a “Cleaning and Leaning” hands-on workshop for Cooper volunteers at the Town’s West Ridge Cemetery.

 There are six official cemeteries for the Town of Cooper, with at least three small private family cemeteries.  The town’s new cemetery, known as “Cathance Overlook”, is located on the East Ridge Road on a hilltop with a spectacular view of Cathance Lake and the forests and ridges beyond.  Work will begin there soon to grade the site and layout roads and grave plots. 

 Those who wish to join in the walking tour should meet at the CCC at noon to carpool.   There will be light refreshments available at the CCC.  Everyone is welcome to attend. 

FMI: Joanne 454-7383 or email: kathleen.hull7@gmail.com.  Facebook: “Cathance Cooper Friends”.