Those with family histories connected to China Grove likely also have ties to Concord/China Grove Cemetery.
They, and anyone interested in Pike County history, are encouraged to circle Sunday, August 21 on their calendars.
It’s the date for the “normal” old-fashioned dinner at the site of the China Grove Church, which is adjacent to the cemetery, said John R. Key, chairman of the event.
“Two hundred years ago Pike County was founded,” Key said. “The first “seat of justice” site was near Concord/China Grove Cemetery. Our annual return this year will be dedicated to the memory of all the pioneer families who came to this region to start a new life.
Key said pioneer families are the backbone of Pike County, the place we call home. “They laid the foundation for today’s Pike County.”
Check-in time for the annual Concord/China Grove Cemetery Gathering will begin around 11 a.m. with dinner on the grounds at noon and everyone is welcome to bring their favorite dish to share.
“There will be a brief business meeting after lunch and will include both China Grove and Old Union,” Key said. “We partnered with Old Union last year.”
After the business meeting, everyone will be invited to stay for a short program about the pioneers who came to the area known as China Grove between the 1820s and 1850s.
A few pews will be available; however, lawn chairs are suggested.
Concord/China Grove Cemetery is located at 62 County Road 2302, Troy.