Though slowed somewhat by the COVID-related shutdown and physical distancing guidelines, we are happy to report major developments at Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary. In late April, installation was completed on a gravel access drive from our front entrance at Locust Corner Road (directly across the street from 809 Locust Corner Road). There is now a small parking area just inside the entrance, and the road from it will allow vehicles to reach the edge of our meadow burial area and to park much closer to our wooded burial areas. The construction project also included grading and the installation of several culverts to divert and direct the flow of rainwater.
Meanwhile, numerous volunteers have been hard at work removing honeysuckle and other invasive species, downed trees and broken branches, etc. We are grateful to our April volunteers Donna Buckley, Mark Buckley, Anna Cash, Eric Cash, the Cash children, Zoe Edmiston, Bill Gupton, Sean McBride, Tracy Rossa, Jennifer Sanders, Patrick Sanders, John Sandman, Julia Sandman, Julie Skiff, Andrea Sloan, Larry Sloan, Dave Small, Tracy Jo Small and Eva Sofge (and hope we didn’t leave anyone out of this ever-growing list)! If you would like to spend some time outdoors, in as beautiful a setting as one can imagine, please contact Rev. Bill Gupton to learn more about volunteering.
If you’ve never been to Heritage Acres, or if you would like to take a tour of with an eye toward pre-planning, again please contact Rev. Bill to schedule a meeting at the property. We are now offering private tours for families (or very small 2-4 person groups). We will be maintaining proper physical distancing protocols while allowing folks to see the progress that has been made at our natural burial ground. And while we are not yet “open to the public,” members of the Heritage Church community can now make pre-arrangements including purchasing burial rights for either body burial or cremation burial.
Watch for an announcement about the official opening of Heritage Acres, hopefully sometime in the months ahead.