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Historic Wildwood Cemetery to get Boy Scout treatment

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BECKLEY, WV (WVVA) -

Thousands of Boy Scouts and troop leaders will be up bright and early Thursday morning, tackling the dozens of public service projects scattered across West Virginia.

And one of those projects will be at historic Wildwood Cemetery on Kanawha St. in Beckley.

Around 80 scouts will arrive at 8 a.m. to begin carefully cleaning the tombstones as part of their community service project.

Raleigh County historian Scott Worley says preserving and cleaning the grave markers is a skill that the scouts can take back with them to their home towns.

“The earlier we can teach proper preservation techniques and the importance of proper preservation to young people, that's something that they'll keep with them the rest of their lives,” Worley said. “They'll go on and when they see a gravestone, they'll think about how to preserve it, when they see an old building they'll think about how to preserve that building."

The scouts will also get to learn about some of Beckley's history as they tour the Wildwood House Museum.

Another 40 scouts will be cleaning tombstones at the nearby Hunter Cemetery.

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