Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in the Great State of Ohio

Dedicated to cemetery preservation in the great state of Ohio

"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."

Friday, September 18, 2009

Link to a "YouTube" presentation: "Cemetery Preservation & Dowsing for Graves"

Click on title to link to a "YouTube" presentation by a speaker talking about cleaning tombstones and dowsing for graves.  I am not necessarily advocating all of his instructions, but you can judge for yourself.

I agree with the speaker to be sure to clean the back of an upright stone.  The lichens have a way of creeping around to the front of a stone over time.  Also, clean the sides.  I also clean the bases of gravestones so the monument looks as good as it can from top to bottom! 

I can't emphasize enough the need for repeated rinsing after cleaning a gravestone. 

Always be sure to bring enough clean water with you to properly complete your gravestone cleaning with adequate rinsing - don't depend on a rainstorm to do it for you! 

Rarely is there available water at an inactive cemetery, so plan ahead.