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."

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Mark Your Calendar for Sunday, April 22, 2018 - Beginning at 9:00AM - Restoration Project Session at the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio

Sharing from the Greenfield Historical Society.:
***Sunday, April 22, 2018***
Beginning at 9:00a.m.
"Since 2014, the Old Burying Ground (OBG) in Greenfield, Ohio, has been undergoing work by a group of dedicated volunteers. Throughout each year, work sessions have been held by project leaders Scott and Venus Andersen and John King.
Contact John King at the Greenfield Historical Society if you plan to attend."
John King's email address: jfking@earthlink.net
Old Burial Ground next to Travellers Rest 
"Please join other volunteers as we continue to make improvements to the Old Burial Ground. 
We'll start at 9:00 a.m. and work as long as we have the energy. 
Come help and stay as long as you can.
Join us for an upcoming work session. You can stay as long as you like. 
We will help you get started if you have not participated previously. 
Tasks range from cleaning stones, straightening stones, recording information, etc. 
We post our scheduled sessions on the Greenfield Historical Society website calendar." 
(Select photographs below 
from the 2014 Old Burying Ground Project
by Linda Jean Limes Ellis)

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Upcoming! Gravestone Preservation Workshop April 13th & 14th, Old Norborne Cemetery, Martinsburg, WV conducted by Jonathan Appell

"Gravestone Preservation Workshop 
April 13th & 14th, 2018 
Martinsburg, West Virginia"
Fundraiser for the Christopher P. Robinson Scholarship Fund 
"This 2-day workshop will provide basic and advanced information and skills for people who are interested in preserving historic gravestones and cemetery monuments. The workshop will provide hands-on instruction and preservation treatments required on stone or markers located in Old Norborne Cemetery. 

April 14th: Will focus on advanced techniques used in the preservation of a significant angel figure which has been severely damaged. Work will include replacing/attaching broken pieces, pinning, mortar and epoxy repairs, and composite stone repairs. 

April 8th: Will focus on the basic cemetery preservation techniques and will focus on cleaning, resetting and realignment. Additional composite repairs will be completed from previous days work.
The event is raising funds for the Christopher P Robinson International Preservation Trades Exchange Scholarship which will fund preservationists to travel overseas to expand their skills and knowledge. The instructors are donating there time and services, & Atlas Preservation is donating all supplies.

* Moss Rudley: National Park Service, Historic Preservation Training Center 

* Jonathan Appell: Atlas Preservation Inc.

* Cost : One Day $100, Two Day $185.00. Lunch will be provided. 
* Contact Info: Moss Rudley: mossrudley@yahoo.com phone: 304-261-1748 or Jon Appell: jwappell@gmail.com phone- 860-558-2785
* Registration/ Payment:: ptn.org, or checks made to PTN co/ CRMSF, or pay at event

Treatments that will be conducted:

* Gravestone cleaning will be discussed, demonstrated & performed. Fragile stones can be harmed if cleaned aggressively. Safe cleaning techniques will be conducted.

* Re-setting of a tablet-stone, which is badly leaning, and or in a sunken condition.

* We will disassemble and then re-construct a multi-piece monument. This will involve discussion on some material options. The process includes re-leveling the base stone, removal of all joining material, applying boding materials, lowering upper element into base stone safely, and properly re-grading around the stone.

* The attendees will also learn how to join broken gravestone fragments together employing stone epoxy, clamping and bracing techniques and options.

* We will discuss the pros and cons of drilling and employing blind pinning.
* An overhead, lifting tripod will be assembled and employed. We will discuss slings and rigging options, and then rig and lift a large monument of some type, which is in need or re-setting due to being unstable or is already fallen.

* Over view materials & process involved in replacing eroded or lost stone with composite infill material. This includes preparation, application, curing of mortars, color matching, etc.

* The process and potential need for consolidation of weak and decayed gravestones will be explained. Problems associated with sealing gravestones will be discussed."