BUCKSPORT – A once-forgotten cemetery sits near the Wastewater Treatment Facility in Bucksport. For years, the site was thought to be the resting place of Jeremiah Wardwell, the owner of an old tavern and inn during the 1800s. After some research, a new discovery was made.
“Jonathan Frye built the inn that was there,” said Buck Memorial Library Assistant Librarian Emeric Spooner. “He ran the tavern. It was like a stagecoach inn and one of the first ones in the town.”
Frye was a Revolutionary War lieutenant. His entire family was buried at the location, and will now be honored there. A coffin was discovered in 1986 during construction for the sewage treatment plant. When Spooner found out that it was in fact the Frye family buried there, he worked hard to make sure the space would be recognized.
“You honor the veterans is the key point, and you remember them,” said Spooner. “You just don’t leave them unmarked.”
On October 27, Bucksport will officially dedicate the area as Frye Cemetery. Representatives from the town will speak and the color guard from Sons of the American Revolution will also be there.
“Just because they’re long dead doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to be honored,” said Spooner.