The Pike County Historical, Genealogical and Preservation Society presented a check in the amount of $6,750 to the Beulah Cemetery Foundation for the upkeep of the historic cemetery, the oldest in Troy.
Diane Smith, president of the society, said the funds were made possible through a grant from the Chapman Foundation and the sale of the historical society’s book titled “Pike Potpourri”.
Local historian Karen Bullard compiled the publication which documents the county’s history from its founding on December 17, 1821 through its bicentennial celebration on December 17, 2021.
“When Karen asked me to create a book in recognition of the Pike County Bicentennial, I was honored,” Bullard said. “The history of our county is very dear to my heart.
Being part of a published record of 200 years of Pike County history and working on the project with Karen has been a blessing.
One hundred and fifty copies were printed. One hundred copies were paid for with grant funds. The other 50 copies were donated by Bullard.
In appreciation of Bullard’s commitment to “Pike Potpourri” and his dedication to preserving local history, Smith said members of the Pike County Historical Society asked him to suggest how proceeds from the sale of books could be put to best use.
“I was thinking of the Beulah Cemetery Fund,” Bullard said. “I had served on the board of the Beulah Primitive Baptist Church and the cemetery board and I understand the good work they do. Beulah was also my first preservation project. I appreciated how the members chose to use funds from the Corley Chapman Foundation and the sale of “Pike Potpourri”. I am sure the funds will be put to good use.
Smith expressed his gratitude to members of the Pike County Historical Society and the Beulah Cemetery Board for their ongoing efforts to preserve and promote the history of Pike County and to preserve sites of historical value that include Beulah Cemetery.