A four-sided tombstone makes the four graves in the cemetery and is surrounded by a white fence off Seward Road, a few hundred feet from the Seward Road and Ohio 4 intersection. It’s also not far from “where three school buildings were built over the years,” according to “Fairfield, Ohio,” a book written by the late Esther Benzing, a Fairfield historian.
“There being no cemetery in existence in 1805, the time of the first death, many burials took place on the family farm where they could be cared for,” Benzing wrote.
The cemetery became part of Fairfield in 1955 when the Stockton and Mack Road area was annexed into Fairfield, which was then a village. A special census was conducted, and that annexation allowed Fairfield to go from a village to a city Oct. 20, 1955.
The graveyard has remained as developments rose around it — from the Stockton Station residential development to its west and retail developments to its north, east and south.
The parcel of land where Stockton Cemetery is located had been undeveloped, but the land will be part of a new City Barbecue development. The former Gold Star Chili restaurant at the corner of Seward Road and Ohio 4 will be where the barbecue restaurant will be located, and the parking lot will be adjacent to the family graveyard, which city officials said will not be disturbed.
There will be a joint public hearing on the proposed City Barbecue development at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Fairfield City Building, 5350 Pleasant Ave.