Wednesday, August 08, 2018
The Portiuncula Franciscan Hermitage and Retreat Center spent this past week digging up the old foundations of my Great-Great-Great Grandfather Johnny Burkhard's old Barn, Garage, Chicken Coops, Tobacco House, and my Great-Uncles house foundation to come up with the stones to build our little Adoration Chapel. We still need an additional 100 stones and are asking our Monroe County, Ohio neighbors to drop off any extra cut sand stones they may have lying around their homes onto the property adjacent to the Immaculate Conception Cemetery on Ozark-Eddy Bridge Road .....
Around my Great Uncle Dutch Martin's homestead...
Clearing next to the cemetery to pour the footer.
Remnants of the old garage where we found around 20 cut sand stones.
Remnants of the old barn where we found nearly 40 cut sand stones.
We piled around 200 stones in the field next to the house while we searched for more.
Our biggest surprise was the number of giant cut stones we found in the old Tobacco House!
Once again, adding to the pile getting ready to run them to the building site.
Spreading the stones out so the Stone Mason's can see them all and decide which one's should go where.
After we realized we were probably around 200 stones short to complete a 20' X 20' chapel, down the bulldozer went into the basement of Uncle Dutch's foundation to dig up all the field stones in the foundation so that we can mix both the cut sand stones and the field stones together to make it look beautiful!
We are begging the good people of Monroe County, Ohio who may have one or two cut stones on their property to please drop them off in the pile of stones next to the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Ozark, Ohio so that we can complete our project.
Thank you and may God bless you all !!!!