Spotlighting Jonathan Appell – Gravestone Conservator

“Jonathan Appell is a gravestone conservator and monumental mason, performing cemetery preservation planning and conservation projects throughout the United States. He conducts the vast majority of gravestone and cemetery monument preservation seminars held nationally, hands on training workshops to help towns, cities, churches, historical societies, cemeteries, and individuals gain knowledge and experience in all areas relating to gravestone and monument preservation, historic masonry preservation planning and stone conservation treatment techniques.

Jonathan has been working in fields relating to gravestones and monuments for well over 20 years. Prior to devoting himself exclusively to stone and historic masonry preservation, Jonathan attended violin making school, constructed cabinets, built houses and additions, as well as performed many other related trades.

He became a modern monument installer and cemetery contractor in 1986, and founded the New England Cemetery Service, performing excavation, foundations, monument installation and monument restoration.

During the early 1990s, Jonathan became increasingly involved with the preservation aspect of historic graveyards and cemeteries. He sought out and gained additional knowledge and training through all available sources, such as attending numerous workshops, conferences, studying sculpture and stone carving and through extensive travels and reading. He now owns and continually enlarges an extensive library including many rare books pertaining to all related subject matters; historic masonry & mortars, geology, sculpture, archeology, cemeteries, & ancient construction techniques.”


Jonathan Appell has several cemetery preservation workshops scheduled for 2016 in western states.  

As he will be traveling through Ohio, he has some availabilty of time to hold a workshop in Ohio.  

If an organization wishes to schedule a hands-on cemetery preservation workshop conducted by Jonathan Appell, please contact him directly. 

Contact information:

Jonathan Appell

27 Miles Standish Drive

West Hartford, Connecticut 06107

Phone #: 860-558-2785


Gravestone Preservation Information from Jonathan Appell

Jonathan Appell, Monuments Conservator – Website

Gravestone Monument & Preservation Community Page on Facebook

“Saving Miss Emily”

Youtube Videos below:

Gravestone Conservation and Preservation

Portland Cement Vs Historic Gravestones by Jonathan Appell