Honest Ridge/Central Institute Cemetery in need of help

By Tom Hawkins
Special to The Mexia News
One of Limestone County’s oldest cemeteries is the Honest Ridge/Central Institute Cemetery. It located some 9 miles west of Groesbeck. To go to the cemetery from Groesbeck take FM 1245 and travel west for about 9 miles and turn right on LCR 374 and go about 4 miles, and the cemetery is on the left.
The cemetery dates back to the 1860s. The Central Texas Military Institute was founded at Honest Ridge after the Civil War. Thus, the Honest Ridge/Central Institute area has a very interesting history. Honest Ridge later had a public school.
Many well-known early day Limestone County families have relatives buried at Honest Ridge.
Once, the cemetery was almost lost to the elements due to lack of care after the cemetery was not used as a burial ground very often. The cemetery was reclaimed in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.
However, funds are needed to keep this historic cemetery in reasonably good condition. The cemetery is mowed eight to ten times a year. Repairs to the fences and other items are needed.
An urgent request is being made to all people having descendents buried in the Honest Ridge/Central Institute Cemetery to make a contribution of any amount to the cemetery. Donations from any interested citizens are welcome. Please make checks or money orders payable to Honest Ridge Cemetery and mail to Honest Ridge Cemetery, c/o Tom Hawkins, P. O. Box 708, Groesbeck, Texas 76642.
Your help will be greatly appreciated.