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Volunteers pitch in to clean up centuries-old cemetery

Published On: Mar 16 2013 05:52:17 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 16 2013 06:54:12 PM EDT

Volunteers work to clean up cemetery


Volunteers rolled up their sleeves Saturday to help clean-up an old cemetery in New Jersey.

The Swackhammer Church in Lebanon Township, Hunterdon County dates back to 1844 and closed in 1894.

There are about 100 graves in its cemetery many of which are hidden by overgrown trees and weeds.


Jeff Chiu has 14 family members buried there, and spearheaded the clean-up.

"It's a train-wreck.  It's a train-wreck inside there, I mean there's a lot of trees that have grown up, there's a lot of grave stones that are over and we're just trying to get them back the way they were," Chiu said.

 The group hopes to have the cemetery cleaned up by Easter.