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What is Left and Where is it?
Management & Reconstruction
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Rochester Cemetery is a sand prairie/savanna remnant located
near the village of Rochester, along the Cedar River in Cedar County, Iowa.
This remnant is also an active cemetery, managed by the Rochester Township
Trustees. This cemetery is known across the US for it's colorful
springtime display of wildflowers, in particular it's display of thousands of
shooting stars, and massive, spreading White Oaks. It has often been
called one of the best examples of Oak Savanna in the Midwest.
From Interstate 80, take the Tipton Exit (Highway 38 North) and go North
towards Tipton. The first gravel road to the left will be Cemetery Road,
take that and continue on it for about a half mile. the cemetery will be
on both sides of the road.
What to see
There are over 350 documented plant species at the cemetery. Find a
There are also many pioneer graves and gravestones at the cemetery. Be
careful when looking at the old gravestones, they can be fragile.
Articles on Rochester Cemetery
The Current "Mowing" Debate of 2006:
-November 09, 2006, "Prairie
Plants to Stay at Area Cemetery," Quad City Times.
-October 04, 2006, "Volunteer Groups Help
Maintain Rochester Cemetery" Letter to the Editor, Tipton Conservative
-September 27, 2006 "Rochester Cemetery is
well known throughout the State" Letter to the Editor, Tipton Conservative
-September 20, 2006 "Using Current Practices,
there won't be any Wildflowers",and "Rochester Cemetery Existed before JD
Invented Lawn Mowers" Letters to the Editor, Tipton Conservative
-September 13, 2006 Letter to the Editor,
-September 02, 2006 "Botanist: Rochester is Irreplaceable
Jewell," Quad City Times
-September 02, 2006 "County
Clashes over Cemetery," Quad City Times
-August 30, 2006 "Find the Middle Ground"
Letter to the Editor, Tipton Conservative
-August 30, 2006"Community Clashes over
Historic Rochester Cemetery," Tipton Conservative -
1974 Cedar County Historical Review
(reprinted Editorial, Tipton Conservative 9-6-2006)
Friends of Rochester Cemetery
The Friends of Rochester Cemetery was formed in 2006 to assist the Township
Trustees in the management of Rochester Cemetery for it's native species
component amidst the context of it's historic pioneer cemetery. More information will be available