Pioneer Cemetery in Evans now on list of historic places
As Dash unveiled the dedication marker that reads: Pioneer Cemetery 1810-1928. Burial ground of early settlers in Evans including Revolutionary and Civil War Veterans. Placed on State and National Registers of Historic Places – 2011. Town of Evans Historical Society – 2012, he stated “This event now secures our heritage for future generations, as well as insures grant funding for its continued preservation.”
Remarks from honored guests followed, which included Erie County Legislator John Mills, Town Councilman Paul Cooper, Village of Angola Mayor Howard Frawley and Joseph Pisarski, president of the Evans Historical Society, which has been instrumental in continuing to improve the cemetery and assist the town in its efforts to register the site. “With the help of many volunteers, the society hopes to continue its efforts to make this cemetery a respectable and honorable place for those that have left us a legacy,” said Pisarski.
After the original owners, the Methodist and Congregational Churches (that were located next to the cemetery and later on Gold Street) abandoned the cemetery; it became the responsibility of the town. The designation on the State and National Register of Historic Places resulted from extensive work by the Evans Planning office and the Evans Supervisor’s office, with volunteer assistance from Wendel Companies.