After the Watervliet Shaker community closed in 1900, all Shaker land was sold to the State of Ohio and became known as the Dayton State Farm, or simply the State Farm, a division of the Dayton State Hospital. The location of the community’s cemetery, while well known to the Shakers, was lost after they departed. By 1984 the site of the old State Farm was completely cleared of all Shaker structures., including the brick Center House, dating from 1821. Excavation work for a new Dayton Power and Light building in 1985 led to the rediscovery of the cemetery.
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