The Old Goss Cemetery (Trescott) below Harveyville
This cemetery is very difficult to find. From the Scott Cemetery continue on the Waterton Road till you get to the turn off for the Huntlock-Harveyville Road. It is a slight right. Take that road till you spot some rather new houses out in the open on your right. When you see them you know you are close. Once again you get back into a tree lined road and the buildings/houses are on the left. Continue along the road till you spot yellow markers. The cemetery is in the flat area between the yellow markers. There is a driveway but that is private property to the south of the area. There is no parking on the street unless you have a truck or 4 wheeled vehicle.
I visited this cemetery twice. The first time we did park in the driveway at the house to the south with permission but the second time I came there was a big black dog. I am sure he was friendly but I did not want to push my luck.
I would like to thank the Goss Cemetery group at Yahoo Groups for cleaning up this cemetery. I was told the leader of that group passed away. It was probably in worse shape last year but nature is trying to reclaim her again. I am grateful to them for taking pictures and posting them at the Goss Cemetery Group. Again you have to join Yahoo Groups to join the Cemetery group.
The first time I came I was not prepared to climb the steep knoll that is there. It also took me awhile to figure out a way to climb the little hill for it was slippery from the rain the night before. See the picture up above for the height from the street to the top. It was also overgrown again an that obscured the way up. I finally plunged in and climbed it. Once there you see the condition. I was not able to go very far. I thought I could walk along the chain link fence but the vegetation was a little to daunting. I did return a couple of days later with gloves a pruner and a stick. However, when I saw the big dog I decided it was not a good idea. I have the names from publications and information at the LCHS and NEPGS and I have the pictures at the Goss Cemetery group.
I did manage to get a couple of pictures of graves and found Titus Seward’s. I really could have used my husband’s sister regarding any poisonous plants for all I had on was a T-shirt and my arms were bare the first visit. I wanted the stick for balance to climb the hill and look for anything that might be hiding in the bushes.
The cemetery is marked by a wire gate that is sort of just sitting there and there are pieces of a chain link fence lying on the ground as well. I could see that chain link fencing did outline the area.
I declined to get out of my car with the dog there. I did get to stand there on the ground of the cemetery for a little while the first time. I was leaving on Wednesday to continue on my adventure. It is times like these when I wish I didn’t live so far way. I would have been up there on the knoll cleaning up.
Make a note: bring dog biscuits next time!