Some Views of the Bedford Cemetery, Bedford, Ohio

Below are some photographs of gravetones taken on December 13, 2014 at the Bedford City Cemetery in Bedford, Ohio.  

Unfortunately, the very bright white marble gravestones seen in some of these photographs are examples of gravestones that were subjected to abrasive grinding by a Nyalox Brush wheel attached to a power drill.  The outer skin surface on these gravestones has been removed in order to make them appear so white. 

This aggrssive procedure it not endorsed or condoned by any nationally recognized preservation organization such as the Association for Gravestone Studies or the NCPTT of the National Park Service.   These gravestones were harmed by such an aggressive method of cleaning that was not necessary as there are other choices such as cleaning with a soft bristle brush and distilled water. 

BEDFORD CEMETERY - 12-13-2014 - 3 SMALL STONES - ONE NYALOXED & NOT SETBEDFORD CEMETERY - 12-13-2014 - 2 SMALL STONES - 1 NYALOXED & NOT SETBEDFORD CEMETERY - 12-13-2014 - LONG SHOT VIEW - 2BEDFORD CEMETERY - 12-13-2014 -PECK WHITE BRONZEBEDFORD CEMETERY - 12-13-2014 - HELLEN M WELLS STONE LOOKS TO BE NYALOXEDBEDFORD CEMETERY - 12-13-2014 - WM HENRY GLEASONBEDFORD CEMETERY - 12-13-2014 - SAFFORD GRANT STONEBEDFORD CEMETERY - 12-13-2014 - SAFFORD GRANT REVERSE SIDE

BEDFORD MUSEUM - 12-13-2014 -GRAVE MARKERS WAR OF 1812 BEDFORD CEM ETERY

BEDFORD MUSEUM - 12-13-2014 - NAMES WAR OF 1812 BEDFORD CEM ETERY

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2 thoughts on “Some Views of the Bedford Cemetery, Bedford, Ohio

  1. Thank you for your supportive comment Adventures in Cemetery Hopping.

    I had read about the negative results after a gravestone is abrasively polished using a high speed rotating Nyalox Brush wheel on a power drill, but it wasn’t until I actually saw a gravestone in that condition in person and felt it with my hands that I knew its entire surface was irreversibly altered; like someone had poured liquid plastic over it. You could not see or feel any graining whatsoever on the stone. In one case, a three dimentional carved flower had been worn down and flattened from the pressure of the brush, and it felt almost flat with the surface behind it.

    I have posted these pictures and provided this information because a couple of Indiana companies, “Graveyard Groomers of Indiana” and “Stonehuggers” do engage heavily in the use of Nyalox Brushes on gravetones in the name of cemetery ‘restoration’ telling their clients that they are not preservationists or conversationists, but restorationists and that they return a gravestone to its condition as it was when it was new. This is outright fraud, because removing an outer skin layer of a gravestone is not returning it to its original condition.

    Three nationally known experts, including Lynette Strangstad who is the author of “A Graveyard Preservation Primer”, has come out publicly and denounced the use of Nyalox Brushes on gravestones.

    I invite anyone living near Bedford Ohio to visit the Bedford Cemetery and see for yourself. It is quite easy to see which gravestones have been subjected to the pressure of a Nyalox Brush, which is touted to be stronger than a wire brush by its manufacturer.

    There are several much less invasive and less harmful choices, and with gravestone conservation a person always starts out with using mirrors reflecting light on a gravestone to obtain readability of inscriptions. Less is always more when it comes to gravestones, and the best way to go even before using distilled water and a soft bristle brush to remove lichens or other biological growth on a gravestone.

    Nyalox Brushes are never approved for use on gravestones!

    Thank you.

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