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Graves discovered on site of future Aylor Middle School will be relocated

9 April 2020 Frederick County News


The Frederick County Circuit Court issued a final order that authorizes the Frederick County School Board to exhume, relocate and reinter the graveyard located at the site of the replacement Robert E. Aylor Middle School in Stephens City. The division will be relocating the graves and other items ordered by the court to the Ridings Chapel Cemetery in Stephens City. The relocation and reinterment will be supervised by a licensed undertaker and an archeologist.

The abandoned graveyard was discovered in October 2019 after school officials received information suggesting graves were located on the property. A field survey led to the discovery of 10 graves believed to be part of the Reed family cemetery. In addition, eight tombstones were found during the excavation of a separate area on the property.

Exhuming and relocating the graves will not impact the construction of the school which is scheduled to open for the 2021-2022 school year.

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