Sheep Pen Cemetery photographs courtesy of Scott Andersen - September, 2011 and April, 2012

"A cemetery may be considered as abandoned when all or practically all of the bodies have been removed therefrom and no bodies have been buried therein for a great many years, and the cemetery has been so long neglected as entirely to lose its identity as such, and is no longer known, recognized and respected by the public as a cemetery. 1953 OAG 2978."

Monday, October 20, 2014

Following The Gravestone Guardian of Ohio Down the Tombstone Trail

We return to the Ohio Tombstone Trail to follow Mark Morton, better known as Ohio's own Gravestone Guardian; so named due to his occupation as a professional gravestone conservator, to learn more about his most recent cleaning, repairing and re-setting of the varying types of gravestones, and monuments found throughout the state. 

Mark keeps a constant eye toward adherence to the best practices approved by such nationally known and respected organizations as the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT)  as he continues his work this Fall Season at Buckeye State cemeteries.  

Thankfully, more and more cemetery owners and operators understand the common sense reasoning for completing needed gravestone repairs sooner rather than later -- because proper preservation also equals prevention.  Doing such important work prevents further stone deterioration that ultimately results in loss of history and, therefore, loss of respect for those who came before us and once walked Ohio's lands.  

Mark is also creative when it comes to designing picture posters that visually tell the tombstone preservation story as it unfolds from start to finish.  Many of his creations can be found on his Facebook Page and website.  Two of his latest ones are shown below:  



Saturday, October 18, 2014

Gravestone restoration workshop offered - News Democrat - newsdemocrat.com - October 25, 2014

 
"Gravestone restorer Misti Spillman will be conducting a workshop for beginners who are interested in cemetery restoration. The cemetery workshop will take place at the old Ripley Cemetery and Maplewood Cemetery from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. The cost is $20. Registration will take place at 8:30 a.m. at the Ripley Mayor’s Office, located 123 Waterworks Road, before the workshop.

The workshop will focus on cemetery preservation techniques, including fixing breaks, resetting, cleaning and how to mix proper mortars for stone repair. The entire workshop will be spent in the cemetery, where participants will gain more hands-on experience repairing stones. Lunch is not provided, but there are numerous restaurants in the area."