MICANOPY

Micanopy group gets grant for well


Published: Thursday, April 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 10:22 p.m.
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Micanopy Cemetery Association President Carson Roberts, right, accepts a check from Charles Ellis, left, for $1,000 from Exxon Mobil, which will help pay for a new well to irrigate new landscaping at the Historic Micanopy Cemetery. Also shown are Martha Weaver, treasurer, right and Claudia Larsen, grant coordinator.

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The Micanopy Cemetery Association was recently awarded a Division of Agriculture Urban Forestry Grant to landscape a new 2-acre addition to the Historic Micanopy Cemetery. The land was surveyed and the landscape was designed only to discover that the well that would provide water to the new plantings was dry.
Although the cemetery is owned by the town of Micanopy, the cemetery association - headed by Carson Roberts as president - maintains the grounds and makes improvements only with sales from lots and donations.
These days funding and donations are hard to come by in Micanopy; but rescue came from a special source in the gift of $1,000 from the Exxon Mobil Corp.
The grant was made possible by Gainesville resident Charles Ellis, a retired employee of Exxon Mobil, who submitted the proposal to his former company as part of the Matching Gifts Programs that allow contributions to former employees who serve as volunteers for community groups.
Ellis and his wife have a family plot in the Micanopy cemetery and he was aware of its needs when he attended a recent Micanopy Cemetery Association meeting.
The cemetery association has contacted known owners of lots in the cemetery to help survey present and possibly missing headstones.
These letters generated interest in many families who had forgotten about friends and relatives who were buried in Micanopy.
Many people do not wish to think about their final resting place; while for others it becomes an interesting link to family members and family histories.
The Historic Micanopy Cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and residents of Micanopy enjoy its beautiful contemplative setting.
The cemetery is located off State Road 234 (Division Street) at Okeehumpkee Street.

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