Kirkbride Buildings Blog

September 23rd, 2008

Wildwood Cemetery Restoration

Terrell State Hospital

I happened across another story about a graveyard restoration today. This time it’s for Wildwood Cemetery which belongs to Terrell State Hospital: Restoring Dignity to Wildwood Cemetery. Restoration has been ongoing since about 1997. Volunteers have cleaned up the grounds and replaced the numbered headstones with markers bearing the patients’ names. In addition, a decorative fence is being erected around the graveyard.

The volunteer Wildwood Cemetery Association is accepting donations for the project. Information on making a contribution can be found at the end of the article or on the association’s web site (click on “Contribute – Wildwood Cemetery” in the left hand link list).

Unfortunately, I’m not very familiar with Terrell State Hospital, although I do know that the Kirkbride there is long gone. You can see more pictures of the building and learn a bit more of it’s history at the Kaufman County TXGenWeb Project Site.

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  1. Walter Rutherford September 4, 2009, 8:49 am

    I am looking for a great uncle of mine. He might be in Wildwood cemetery. how do i find out if he is. I looked in Austins’ cemetery for free he wasn’t there. I can’t find a directory of people buried in Wildwood . His name is Rhinehardt Hosea Socolofsky died April 10, 1955

  2. Donna Vanfossen July 20, 2010, 9:15 am

    Donna Vanfossen July 20, 2010 9:13 am

    I am researching the same person who happens to be my Husbands great grandfather. Rhinehardt Hosea Socolofsky died April 10, 1965. Is there any other information?

  3. JoANn Hager/McElwrath September 14, 2010, 8:31 am

    Im looking for my Great Grandfather Joseph Mansel DeSpain’s grave. He died in the Terrell Hospital July9,1909.
    How can I find a list of the people buried at Wildwood cemetery?

  4. patsy Burroughs May 8, 2012, 1:25 pm

    To whom it may concerne i am looking for my Great Grandfather Monroe John Minnick He Died Nov. 22, 1944.And is burried at Terrell State Hospital.I can,t find a list of the People buried at Wildwood cemete

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