The City of Newcastle Receives Grant from 4Culture to Create a Preservation Plan for Historic Newcastle Cemetery
“The City of Newcastle was recently selected to receive grant funding from 4Culture, King County’s Cultural Services Agency, to develop a preservation plan for the historic Newcastle Cemetery,” announced Grace Stiller, President of the Weed Warriors, who prepared the grant application. “The grant award funds the creation of a governing document, a Preservation Plan, which will guide maintenance, restoration, and preservation of the cemetery. The document will also serve as a model for historic cemeteries throughout King County. 4Culture, a public development authority, is committed to making King County stronger by supporting citizens and groups who preserve a shared heritage, and create arts and cultural opportunities for residents and visitors.
“We are honored that the City has been selected for funding, and look forward to working with the City of Newcastle, the Newcastle Historic Society, and the King County Historic Preservation Program, to develop the Preservation Plan. We are excited about the next steps for restoring and enhancing the cemetery,” Stiller stated, adding that the Weed Warriors have removed extensive amounts of ivy in and around the cemetery since 2008.
The Newcastle Historic Cemetery, located south of downtown Newcastle on 129th Avenue SE, was created in the late 1880s to serve as a final resting place for immigrant miners. The 2.2 acre cemetery was designated a Historical Landmark by King County in 1982. Ownership of the property was transferred from the Order of the Oddfellows, Lodge #8, to the City of Newcastle in 2001. Council Member Rich Crispo commented, “The City now has full responsibility for stewardship of the cemetery and will continue to engage community partners in this on-going preservation effort. With the plan in place, we can move forward with much needed maintenance and other activities including identifying unmarked burial sites, cleaning and restoring grave markers, and possibly upgrading the kiosk in the cemetery.”