Thrasher and Dominion Energy team to restore forgotten cemetery

Tucked away in an obscure wooded area is a long forgotten cemetery that is within sight of modern multi-level office buildings, a 4-lane highway and retail stores. The Ross Family Cemetery is located within the White Oaks Business Complex in Bridgeport near The Thrasher Group’s Bridgeport Office.

On September 21, volunteers from the Dominion Energy Diversity Council, Thrasher and the Harrison County Historical Society took on the task of identifying grave sites, clearing the brush and restoring the Ross Family Cemetery.

A survey of the cemetery conducted by the West Virginia Historic Preservation Office identified at least 5 graves with the earliest dating back to 1825 and the most recent at 1872 and two headstones have inscriptions that are legible. According to a previous deed search the plot was purchased by John Ross, Sr., in 1778 and then purchased by his son 12 years later. The goal is to clean and restore the cemetery and place historical markers at the location.