Ingell Cemetery and chapel lies on the original H. Newman Marsh farm and homestead in Chester. Marsh was one of the greatest Hilltown residents taking initiatives on improvements in the hills including the Country Journal newspaper, saving the Chester Railroad Station, creating the Jacob’s Ladder Scenic Byway, and more! This cemetery is now landlocked on private property, however we hope it will be preserved forever.
In Chester, Mr. Marsh began a second career in farming and community activism. He purchased the Country Journal, a weekly newspaper serving the Hllltowns of western Massachusetts, in 1981. On his 400 acres in Chester, he managed a woodlot that was nominated as Tree Farm of the Year iIn 1995, raised Haflinger horses and Scotch Highland cattle, and produced maple syrup. As founder of the Chester Hill Association, he organized two annual community celebrations a Maplefest held on Chester Hill and a Harvest Festival at Misty Mountain Farm. In connection with the restoration of the Chester train station, he co-founded the Chester Foundation which runs Chester on Track, a celebration of the community’s ties to the railroad. He also co-founded the Northeast Haflinger Association. He was a director with the miniature Theater of Chester. Of his community leadership, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission said in 1995, Mr. Marsh seems to act on the principle that “a community with self esteem will make well-reasoned, intelligent decision and simply be a better place place to live. AMEN!
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