Come join the Warwick Commission on Historical Cemeteries for their annual cleanup of Brayton Cemetery located on Post Road, in Apponaug across from the J. Arthur Trudeau Center, 3445 Post Road. Please bring rakes and gloves. Pouring Rain Date will be Sunday December 6, 2020 from 9:00am -11:30am
Over 30 years ago, Emmett Reinhardt and Bob Darigan took it upon themselves to clean up a very unkempt and overgrown cemetery in Apponaug. That cemetery, called Brayton, after the mill owner that donated the land so that his workers could have some place to be buried, is now abandoned. Bob and Emmett spent many hours on their hands and knees cutting and clipping, not telling anyone what they were doing for fear that someone would stop them. They kept at it until the entire cemetery was clean and cut. Emmett passed away in 2003; but Bob devoted his time and energy to continuing its upkeep. The Apponaug Area Improvement Association, the Arnold’s Neck Association, and Warwick Commission on Historical Cemeteries, along with neighboring volunteers have spent countless hours to make the cemetery a beautiful place to spend eternity.
Within its 6 1/2 acres, there are descendants of the Budlong family who were kidnapped during the King Philip War, Doctors, lawyers, a judge on the RI Supreme Court, mill workers, homemakers, veterans of every war since the Revolution, including over 200 Civil war soldiers and just plain folk.
Something has recently changed though. Bob has passed away and is buried in the place that he loved and cared for until his health caused him to stop .
We can use your help. If you have community service for school, church, or work, or if you just want to help, we would certainly welcome you. Water and snacks will be provided as well as a letter of participation should you require one. Please bring a rake if you have one, and a face mask. We will be social distancing across the cemetery.