The Greenfield Historical Society of Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio is making great strides in 2019 during their sixth year of volunteer work preserving and restoring their village’s Old Burying Ground; often referred to as the “OBG”!Mr. John King is the contact person at email@example.com. :”Please join other volunteers as we continue to make improvements to…
Announcing a free event upcoming hands-on cemetery preservation workshop for Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, 2019 – each day 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. conducted by nationally known professional gravestone conservator and preservation expert, Mr. Jonathan Appell.
Location: North Fork Cemetery (Also known as Blair Cemetery, Northfork Cemetery, Owl Creek Cemetery, Owl Creek Harmony Baptist Cemetery)
**Please see announcement below for further details**
Ohio Contact for sign up information and questions:
Mr. Tim Foor:
Phone # 419-210-4866
Facebook and website links for further information:
Atlas Preservation – Gravestone Conservation/Preservation Supplies
Facebook – Tim Foor
The Greenfield Historical Society in historic Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio has announced that its first preservation session at the Old Burying Ground for the 2019 season is scheduled for Sunday, May 5th, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
This dedicated group of volunteers will be embarking on its 6th year with its hands-on work cleaning, repairing, and re-setting all of the various types of gravestones and monuments that mark the grave sites at this unique pioneer Ohio cemetery.
As in the past, like-minded volunteers are welcome to join them!
Please visit the Greenfield Historical Society on Facebook too!
➠John King is the coordinator of the Old Burying Ground work sessions,
and he can be contacted at:
“Memorializing the dead with grave markers, headstones and tombstones, family burial plots were marked with rough stones, rocks or wood as a way to keep the dead from rising. The deceased’s name, age and year of death were inscribed. From 1650-1900 square shaped tombstones from slate and sandstone evolved with churchyard burials. During the Victorian era (1837-1901) lavish and decorated gravestones included sculptured designs, artwork and symbols. Marble, granite, iron and wood were popular materials from 1780 to the present.
Mary Milne, professional genealogist, presents Epitaphs and Icons: Interpreting Gravestones on Monday, May 14, 2018 at the Avon Lake Public Library’s Waugaman Gallery. She has investigated cemetery records, carvings, and statues that provide clues to aid genealogy research. Learn how to interpret often-overlooked messages on gravestones.
All events, which are free, will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Waugaman Gallery at Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric Blvd.
Heritage Avon Lake is a local history organization that collects, preserves, and promotes oral, written, and physical history. For more information, visit www.heritageavonlake.org or call 440.549.4425.”
Reminder: The Next Volunteer Hands-On Cemetery Preservation Work Session at Greenfield’s earliest cemetery, The Old Burying Ground, will be coming up on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 beginning at 9:00a.m. — it is a “stay as long as you can environment”.
The Old Burying Ground’s restoration/preservation efforts are now in their 5th year…and still going strong!!
Many of the historical society’s volunteers, namely, John King, Scott and Venus Andersen, Harold Schmidt, and Gloria Losey, have been volunteering since the beginning. Others have also joined them over the past years, including, Michael Lee Anderson and Jackie Doles, who are regulars as well.
You won’t find a more dedicated, and experienced group of caring individuals who are working to restore an early Ohio cemetery than these volunteers!
“Volunteer Session – May 8, 2018”
“What a beautiful day for work in the cemetery! We were able to realign more stones, repair a couple broken stones, clean some stones, and using the hoist, lift and reset a few of the heavier stones. Joining in were Scott Andersen, John King, Jackie Doles, Mike Anderson, Gloria Losey and her sister Karen, Harold Schmidt, and Avery Applegate (who came from Hillsboro to help).”
****How Can YOU Help?****