Great Day in the Grave Yards

What a great day in the grave yards!  There were two crews working today, one in First Parish and another in Clark’s.  In Clark’s the volunteers were guided by the professionals from Mount Pleasant Memorials.  There is no doubt that without their guidance and experience the 1,980 pound Josiah Stevens monument would not be vertical again, proudly resting on its base. 

The second crew located several Revolutionary War Veterans’ graves. Two of them are nothing but stubs of markers in a base. William Dolliver’s family stones were dug out of the sod and evaluated for repair and resetting.  The base was located, but may not be usable.  Next week we will make more progress on these stones.  A new base can either be manufactured or Mount Pleasant Memorials may have one that will work.  One of the tall tablet monuments was also straightened.  The whole back area seems to be populated with patriot graves.  An area well worth restoration!

The crew: Sandy Barry, John & Chris Maney, Rick Fraelick, John McNally, Russell & Melissa Hobbs, and my wife Kathy.

A special thank you goes the Mount Pleasant Memorial crew of: John & Julie Nicastro, their son Jeremy and employee Eli Coffin.  One memorable moment was Eli’s ear to ear grin when the monument was resting on its base.  It was a pure feeling of satisfaction!

About Richard Clark

Retired USAF, Teacher, Computer Geek, Boat Nut, Fisherman, Cemetery Restoration. Cemetery restoration Training by: May 2016 Ta Mara Conde of Historic Gravestone Services. ~ June 2017 Jason Church of NCPTT, Moss Rudley NPS, Jon Appell of Atlas Preservation, and Rusty Brenner ofTexas Cemetery Restoration LLC. ~ August 2018 Moss Rudley NPS, Jon Appell of Atlas Preservation INC.
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