As any municipal administrator or borough manager does, I get my share of calls to the office about a good many issues; zoning infractions, noise complaints, ATVs in the woods, etc. Some of these situations are very commonplace and can be easily addressed through Code Enforcement or with a phone call to the right people. However, earlier this month I received a call that piqued my curiosity.
Mrs. Boone, a long-time local resident, called into the Abbottstown Municipal Office to let me know that someone had been cutting on the lilac bush across the street from her. As we have several road crews doing work, I assured her that it was just a trimming so the machines could get in to do their work. While we spoke, she told me about a grave that is supposed to lie underneath that bush, telling me that when she was younger, older residents told her about it being the grave of John Abbet, the founder of Abbottstown. She relayed that the tombstone had been moved many years ago, but she was certain there was still a grave under there.