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  • Did you know that Charlotte County’s four historical cemeteries date back, at least, to the 1880’s?
  • Did you know that some of the people who found their final resting places in these cemeteries include Punta Gorda’s first pioneers and founding fathers, one of Florida’s first equal opportunity employers, those who helped build the Florida Southern Railroad and who constructed the first homes and businesses in the area?
  • Did you know that there are over 400 Veterans of wars, ranging from the Civil War to the Vietnam War, buried in these cemeteries?

If you would like to be part of helping protect this very rich part of Charlotte County’s history you can adopt all or part of one of our historical cemeteries.

Adopting a cemetery, or a part of a cemetery, is as easy as organizing a group of volunteers from your club, association, school or church, to pick up litter and debris and beautify certain areas of the cemetery at least four times per year. Charlotte County will recognize your group by installing a sign at the location and sincerely appreciates your dedication to protecting history and the environment.

After your group signs their contract with KCB, you will be provided safety equipment and supplies and then we will schedule an orientation with Public Works prior to launching your cleanup activities.

Cemetery Resource Protection Workshops will be offered through the Florida Public Archeology Network. CRPT training is not required however it will give your group a deeper understanding of cemetery care. All adoption groups that complete this training will have a badge placed next to their name on the KCB page.

We hope that you will join our 4,000 volunteers in participating in this new and exciting adoption program!