Members of the Trumbull-Porter Chapter, Daughters of the National American Revolutionary Society (NSDAR) and Charles Merriman Society members, Children of the American Revolution (RCA) celebrated Earth Day by helping clean up the Old Burying Ground in Watertown. They picked up the 82 Wreaths Across America wreaths that had been placed on the graves of veterans buried in the cemetery and collected a number of garbage bags.
After the RCA members cleared the cemetery, they held a brief meeting and discussed what Earth Day was. A discussion took place on various ways to help reduce household waste or reuse or reuse certain household items. Members also learned of the existence of Charles Merriman, their company’s namesake. He was a 14 year old drummer boy in the American Revolution and is buried in the Old Burying Ground. They were then treated with ice cream by members of the DAR.
Among many different activities, the Trumbull-Porter Chapter, DAR is responsible for taking care of the old Burying Ground, which they have been doing since 1904. Currently, this is done with the help of grants from the Woodward Foundation, The Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation, and the Watertown Foundation. The Watertown Public Works Department, Parks and Recreation Department, and Roads Department all contribute to different aspects of the work in the Old Cemetery.