Sharing “Before & After Photos” of the Harvey Limes Gravestone that was Cleaned with D/2 Biological Cleaner. Sharing a Reminder to Learn and Follow Safe and Do No Harm Best Practices for Cleaning Your Ancestors’ Gravestones!

Sharing “Before & After Photos” of the Harvey Limes Gravestone that was Cleaned with D/2 Biological Cleaner. Sharing a Reminder to Learn and Follow Safe and Do No Harm Best Practices for Cleaning Your Ancestors’ Gravestones!.

Sharing “Before & After Photos” of the Harvey Limes Gravestone that was Cleaned with D/2 Biological Cleaner. Sharing a Reminder to Learn and Follow Safe and Do No Harm Best Practices for Cleaning Your Ancestors’ Gravestones!

Harvey Limes before and after cleaning side by side resized version

Harvey Limes gravestone at Walnut Creek Cemetery, Perry Township, Fayette County, Ohio

D/2 Biological Solution has proven to be an easy to use, safe for humans and the environment, and an effective biological cleaner on gravestones of various compositions  including marble, limestone, sandstone, and granite.  It has shown to be a leader in its field.  Thus, I wanted to share my “before cleaning” and “after cleaning with D/2 Biological Cleaner” photographs of the Harvey Limes stone that was cleaned in July, 2015.

I like to spend time researching products and reading reviews and testimonials, and hearing from experts in a field who have used products.  So, I was confident before I began that D/2 would be effective and safe in all aspects.  I still wore my plastic gloves and donned a face mask “just in case”, but they may not have been necessary.  I followed the instructions also provided by the manufacturer to be sure I was applying “D/2” properly; always a smart thing to do!

It must be remembered that not every gravestone truly requires cleaning.  Each one should be properly assessed before embarking on any cleaning.  Distilled water is also recommended for washing and rinsing.

We know that NO power tools should ever be used on gravestones to clean and/or “polish” them; nor are power washers safe for use on a gravestone.

The best way to learn how to properly clean gravestones is to attend hands-on cemetery presentation workshops conducted by instructors who are known to use only approved methods from such organizations as the National Park Service, and the Association for Gravestone Studies.  They subscribe to using Do No Harm practices.

The NCPTT of the National Park Service will be holding a Cemetery Preservation Workshop on September 10th, 2015 in Paducah, Kentucky, if you wish to learn from Jason Church of the National Park Service, who is conducting the workshop, please check out the link above to learn more details.

The Staunton Methodist Cemetery – Concord Township, Fayette County — It just might be the Saddest Cemetery I’ve Ever Seen

The Staunton Methodist Cemetery sleeps quietly in the tiny village of Staunton in rural Concord Township, Fayette County, Ohio.  It is a church burial ground that has endured more than its share of misfortune by becoming a property overtaken by broken gravestones — some now sinking out of sight scattered on the ground; while others remain precariously heaped up in jagged piles of marble and limestone.

Among the saddest of sights are the displaced markers that awkwardly line some of the old red brick church’s exterior walls.

The Staunton Methodist Church is active.  Its adjoining cemetery also has had burials in recent times.  So why is it that the overall condition of the Staunton Methodist Cemetery  became so sadly deteriorated?  

The Concord Township Trustees are “maintaining” the cemetery property; meaning that they are mowing the grass and weeds around the gravestones and monuments.

  However, regarding the broken gravestones, they are not legally obligated to clean, repair or re-erect them.  So, as the years pass by, more and more gravestones are either vandalized, or become further deteriorated by the ravages of the elements of time, weather, and/or accidents. 

The Ohio Revised Codes “ORCs” do not extend protections to cemeteries beyond the basics and are dependant upon township levies to continue to pass for their continued care.

Passage of Ohio House Bill 91, however, would:

 Amend section 5705.19 of the Revised Code to
lengthen the maximum term of a property tax
levied for the purpose of operating a cemetery.

I wonder if many of Ohio’s lawmakers even realize that our once “Beautiful Ohio”  exists no more, due in part to the sadly deteriorated scenes like those we see at the Staunton Methodist Cemetery.

Sharing below my photographs of the Staunton Methodist Cemetery taken July 17, 2015:

CHURCH & BROKEN STONES - 7-17-2015

JOSEPH LIMES MONUMENT REAR VIEW - 7-17-2015 - 2-EFFECTS

   JOSEPH LIMES MONUMENT ON BROKEN PIECES - 7-17-2015 JOSEPH LIMES MONUMENT ON BROKEN PIECES - 7-17-2015 - 2 JOHN TURNER - STAUNTON - 7-17-2015 JACOB CAYLOR JR STONE - 7-17-2015 ISAAC DEPOY - STAUNTON CEMETERY - 7-17-2015 ISAAC DEPOY - STAUNTON CEMETERY - 7-17-2015 - CLOSE UP HARMON LIMES STONE AT STAUNTON - 7-17-2015 ELIZABETH LIMES STONE - STAUNTON CEMETERY - 7-17-2015 ELIZA MILLER LIMES - STAUNTON - 7-17-2015 EFFE RILEY - STAUNTON - 7-17-2015  CAYLOR STONES & OTHER PIECES - 7-17-2015 CATHERINE & JACOB CAYLOR STONE - 7-17-2015 ANDREW T MILLER - STAUNTON - 7-17-2015 3 BROKEN MARBLE STONES - 7-17-2015 - 2 3 BROKEN MARBLE STONES - 7-17-2015 - 1 3 BROKEN MARBLE CAYLOR STONES - 7-17-2015

John Smith (1791 – 1865) – Find A Grave Memorial

John Smith (1791 – 1865) – Find A Grave Memorial.

John and Eleanor Smith of Fayette County, Ohio lost 6 children in the summer of 1837 due to of an unheard of disease today:  “Milk Sickness”

A newspaper story about the John and Eleanor Smith Family of Fayette County was covered extensively in the Washington Court House “Record-Herald” in February of 1959 by B. E. Kelley. 

The Cochran Cemetery is where the family of John and Eleanor Smith were buried, except for one son who survived to adulthood, Jabez Smith, who was a Civil War veteran and was buried at nearby Greenfield Cemetery in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio 
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The gravestone photographs and various Cochran Cemetery scenes below were taken by Renee Loyd on August 8, 2015. 

Thanking Renee for visiting and photographing the Smith Family gravesites and those of others around them; and for sharing her photographs with us. 

In  every instance, the grave markers of the Smith Family that are shown standing upright in the 1959 newspaper article are now lying on the ground with most cracked or broken, having been victims themselves; but from such elements as the ravages of time and weather —  but from the most sad of all reasons, vandalism by the hands of humans.

COCHRAN CEMETERY - ROW OF SMITH STONES ON GROUND - 8-8-2015 COCHRAN CEMETERY -ELEANOR SMITH - 8-8-2015 COCHRAN CEMETERY -ELIZABETH & SARAH J SMITH - 8-8-2015 COCHRAN CEMETERY -LEWIS SMITH - 8-8-2015 COCHRAN CEMETERY -LEWIS SMITH BROKEN STONE - 8-8-2015 COCHRAN CEM - FEB 26 1959 STORY - 2 COCHRAN CEM - FEB 26 1959 STORY COCHRAN CEMETERY - 3 BROKEN STONES ON GROUND - 8-8-2015 COCHRAN CEMETERY - ANNA SMITH - 8-8-2015 COCHRAN CEMETERY - FANNY TRACY - 8-8-2015 COCHRAN CEMETERY - HARRISON SMITH - 8-8-2015 COCHRAN CEMETERY - HARRISON SMITH BROKEN STONE - 8-8-2015 COCHRAN CEMETERY - JANE SMITH - 8-8-2015 COCHRAN CEMETERY - JOHN SMITH - 8-8-2015 COCHRAN CEMETERY - LONG SHOT VIEW - 8-8-2015

Materials Conservator, Jason Church, of the National Center for Preservation Technology & Training (NCPTT) will be Conducting a Hands-On Cemetery Preservation Workshop on September 10, 2015 in Paducah, Kentucky

This will be the closest to Ohio for a Jason Church cemetery preservation workshop in 2015. 

 If you live near or plan to travel near the Paducah, Kentucky area in September this year, AND would like the unique opportunity to attend a hands-on cemetery preservation workshop taught by nationally known instructor and conservator, Jason Church, here is your opportunity as there still are some available slots for enrollment.  

      The National Cemetery for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) a research and training office of the National Park Service, in partnership with the City of Paducah, Parks Department will offer a cemetery monument conservation basics workshop September 10, 2015, in Paducah, Kentucky. 

     This training is targeted to the nonprofessional, such as church sextons, genealogists, cemetery grounds keepers, and family members. 

     The workshop registration is $25 per person and limited to 30 people, so please register early.

The lecture portion of the workshop will begin at 9:00 at the Paducah Recreation Center (1527 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.). 

     NCPTT Materials Conservator Jason Church will talk about techniques for cemetery documentation and developing a preservation plan followed by a talk on cleaning and care recommendations for historic headstones. 

     After lunch the workshop will travel to Oak Grove Cemetery (1613 Park Avenue) for hands-on activities including proper cleaning techniques. For more information on the class contact Jason Church, jason_church@contractor.nps.gov. 

     More information can be found at:

http://ncptt.nps.gov/events/cemetery-conservation-workshop-in-paducah-kentucky/

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 To register for the workshop contact:

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Les Evans

Parks Maintenance Superintendent

City of Paducah

Parks Department

1400 H.C. Mathis Drive

Paducah, KY 42001

270-444-8508

levans@paducahky.gov

Oak Grove Cemetery Map

Jason Church cleaning a gravestone