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Information Session Offered on Still-Troubled Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Ross County

Dave Robertson gives an update on Floral Hills Memory Gardens on March 18th, 2024.

Ross County — Dave Robertson gave me an update on Floral Hills Memory Gardens, the large cemetery on US 23 South that was abandoned by its owners about a decade ago.

Robinson’s team of volunteers have been maintaining it. A court case opened the way to Huntington Township taking it over, but Robertson says there is another complication.

The case determined it was effectively a public cemetery on October 17th, and so it could be cared for by a local government.

But now, Robertson says the two trusts that still exist for the upkeep of the cemetery – which have been untouched since its owner left it – are being threatened by the bank that holds them. He says the bank’s attorney wants $54,677 in legal fees, which will bankrupt the perpetual fund and then dip into the other which is funded by burials.

To help explain and publicize the situation, Robertson says he got approval to be on the steps of the Ross County Courthouse Thursday. He says he will be there alone, 4:30 to 7pm on March 21st, to answer questions as best he can.

He says he has combed through the paperwork on the cemetery, including the documents he obtained through a records request.

Hear him in his own words in the below video. Find Robertson’s posts on the Facebook page “Clean Up Floral Hills Memorial Gardens,” with a post on his Thursday information session.

July 2022 photos of Floral Hills Memory Gardens grounds maintenance from the “Clean up Floral Hills Memory Gardens” Facebook page.
Mapping of the two Floral Hills Memory Gardens, north of Circleville and south of Chillicothe.
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Raised in Ross County, Bearcat class of '87 at Paint Valley. Wrote a column on history and historic preservation for the Chillicothe Gazette right out of high school, then a bachelors in Journalism in the OU class of '91. After starting my one-man company "Intrepid Heritage Services" in Columbus in 1997 to offer historical research, tours, and talks, I retuned to Ross County in 2003. Have been working as a radio programmer and reporter at Clear Channel / iHeart Media Southern Ohio. Started working with the Scioto Post June 27th, 2023.