Thursdays, March 26; 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Even though our Thursday night group meet-up is cancelled, you can still give this walk a try! Click here for a map of our route through Boulan Park and read on for some Crooks Road Cemetery history.

Situated between Crooks Road and Boulan Park’s athletic fields today, Crooks Road Cemetery in the 19thcentury was a private burial ground for members of the Sprague family until they sold the land to Troy Township in 1850 for use as a public cemetery.

At least 12 people interred at Crooks Road Cemetery were born before 1775; over 100 were born between 1776 and 1800. Crooks Road Cemetery also received re-burials from a small graveyard near present-day Martell Elementary School in Troy.

Among those buried at Crooks Road Cemetery is Riley Crooks, Troy’s first town clerk, who passed away in 1830 when a limb from a tree he was chopping down fell on him. According to an Oakland County history from 1877, Crooks “was a well-known citizen, and his untimely death was much lamented.”

In 1953, Ethel and Herbert Boulan sold land adjacent to Crooks Road Cemetery to Troy Township. Today, visitors to Crooks Road Cemetery can also enjoy a stroll through Boulan Park.

 

Boulan Park & Crooks Road Cemetery
3671 Crooks Rd, Troy (Boulan Park)

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Come walk with us! Thursday evening walks are:

  • FREE to attend
  • A fun way to explore the great outdoors
  • Geared toward fitness but often include some local history, too
  • Great for walkers of all ages and levels of fitness—and many routes are canine-friendly!

Walks are held in a different location in or near Troy each week and routes typically cover 1.5 – 3 miles. We walk year-round, rain or shine—if storms are predicted, group will meet and walk indoors at Somerset Collection in Troy.

Contact apd@thvmail.org or sign up below for weekly walking group information emails  and to receive notification of location change or cancellation due to inclement weather.

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