Murphy Historical Society and Cemetery Association of Murphy Merge
By Colleen Halbert
The Murphy Historical Society and the Cemetery Association of Murphy recently voted to merge the two organizations. The Murphy Historical Society encourages the residents of Murphy to preserve history of our community for future generations. In addition, they educate the public about Murphy’s history through the collection and preservation of old photographs, oral history interviews, primary source documents, and exhibits of historical memorabilia. The Murphy Historical Society also supports the preservation of historic properties in Murphy, including maintenance of Murphy cemeteries, and applies for historical markers around the community.
The Cemetery Association of Murphy was formed in 1993 to provide for perpetual care of the Decatur-Maxwell-Murphy cemetery. Prior to the formation of the Cemetery Association of Murphy, it was the largest unmaintained cemetery in Collin County. This cemetery is the final resting place of many of Murphy's earliest settlers, with burials dating from 1853 to 1966. The Decatur-Maxwell-Murphy Cemetery contains approximately 3 acres of land and over 300 graves. The goal of the Association is to repair damaged markers, identify unmarked graves, maintain the landscape and provide for the cemetery's preservation and safety.
With an overlapping membership and desire to preserve Murphy’s history, the decision was made to move the Cemetery Association under the direction of the Murphy Historical Society. The Historical Society already maintains both the Murphy Family Cemetery on North Maxwell Creek and the Herring-Hogge Cemetery on South Murphy Road.
The Murphy Historical Society welcomes donations of funds and historical documents, volunteers and members. The joined groups will be hosting their annual Spring Clean Up on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 9-12 am at the Decatur-Maxwell-Murphy Cemetery. The cemetery is located behind Murphy Middle School, 620 N. Murphy Rd., Murphy, TX 75094. Volunteers are asked to bring rakes, work gloves, brooms, & clippers. We will be trimming trees, painting picnic tables, weed eating, sweeping and cleaning the head stones, clearing away brush and weeding flower beds. Please dress in outdoor work attire, as you may get dirty. Service hours will be provided to anyone who would need them. The event will be cancelled if there is bad weather. Questions? Call Roxanne Bogdan 972-998-6780.