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Property Name Wolf Cemetery
Reference Number 13000063
State Arkansas
County Baxter
Town Norfolk
Street Address Baxter CR 68, Norfolk, AR
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 03/13/2013
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The Wolf Cemetery in the vicinity of Norfolk is being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A, Criteria Consideration D with local significance for the role of the interred in the formation of the political and economic character of early 19th century Izard County. The Wolf Cemetery is the only known burial ground within the city limits of Norfolk. The Martin Springs Cemetery is the closest but is located across the White River from the town, approximately two miles north of Wolf Cemetery. The three interments date from 2005 and 1894. As the earliest known burial ground the Wolf Cemetery is representative of the settlement period of Izard County, known as Baxter County since 1873. The Wolf Cemetery that originated in the 1820s as the burial ground for Wolf and Adams pioneering families in the hills of the White River Valley of the Ozark Highlands is now once again, under the private ownership of the descendants of the founders. In the earliest decades of its existence common fieldstones were acceptable markers for the deceased whose families lived nearby and understood where loved ones had been buried. Not until the improved transportation and increased population of the 1850s did commercially-produced gravestones become readily available to mark graves. Even then the families of this rural agricultural area chose humble markers of simple design. Extensive urban intrusion has never reached the isolated location of the Wolf Cemetery enabling it to retain a high degree of its 19th century integrity as a cultural statement of the settlement period.


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