While the Mt. Zion Cemetery Association will exist in perpetuity, completing as many improvements as possible within the next several years will be a key strategy for setting the cemetery on a stable course for the years to come. Roughly speaking, these improvements will fall into four departments: organizational, financial, horticultural, and architectural. Hopefully, as many improvements as possible will be completed by 2025, the 150th anniversary of the earliest confirmed burial in the cemetery.


Organizational: Initiative Fractal organization developed to spearhead improvements; IF website and Facebook page renovated and expanded for Mt. Zion Cemetery Association use; cemetery association trustees recruited

Financial: Cemetery improvements completed with private funds and donated materials & labor; separate checking account set up; inaugural fundraiser completed in 2018

Horticultural: 2,000+ flower bulbs and a dozen trees planted in the cemetery; mowing provided in 2018 by Bill Young; east side landscaping begun, with 61 shrubs planted and plans for black metal edging to be installed

Architectural: Majority of gravestones in the cemetery cleaned with D2 Biological Solution; a third of stones repaired in some way; new iron fencing installed on east side of cemetery and around three plots, with painting of these fences underway


2019-2022: Pay for newly planted trees and shrubs to be watered

2019: Adopt bylaws and send in 501c13 federal nonprofit application

2019: Send in National Register of Historic Places nomination form

2019: Fundraise for 2019 and 2020 mowing expenses

2020: Get water faucet installed at northwest corner of cemetery

2020: Create revised legal deed for the cemetery

2020: Goal of $4000 a year income, $2000 each for short-term and endowment

January 2021: Board of trustees complete 2-year term; trustees can decide to accept or decline a term renewal; recruitment for additional trustees occurs

2021: Pay for resetting six large gravestones: John Wesley Finley, Alfred Bagley, Claiborne S. Pinnell, W. A. Kizzia, John A. Pope, John S. Pinnell

2021: Complete survey of northwest quadrant for new grave plots and set policies for new gravestones

2021: North side landscaping, phase 1

2022: East side landscaping, phase 2

2022: Touch up paint on iron fences

2023: North side landscaping, phase 2

2024: Install new entrance gateway

2025: Plant 2,000 additional spring bulbs in fenced plots

2025: 150th anniversary of the cemetery


2030: Goal of three years’ supply of funds in short-term account

2050: Goal of $10,000 in short-term account, $50,000 in endowment


2075: 200th anniversary of the cemetery


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