Hocking Valley Chapter SAR to Host Cemetery Restoration Workshop
The Hocking Valley Chapter will be sponsoring a cemetery preservation and restoration workshop scheduled for Saturday, September 19th, from 9am to 5pm. The workshop will be presented by Mark Morton, a professional gravestone restorer and owner of Gravestone Guardians of Ohio.
The workshop will be held at Sponagle Trinity Lutheran Church, 7120 Sponagle Road, 2 and ½ miles southeast of Sugar Grove, Ohio. Participants will learn how to identify different monument types, how to clean gravestones using appropriate materials, repair damaged monuments, and reset leaning or fallen headstones. Actual hands-on work will be done in the church cemetery.
All compatriots interested in learning headstone restoration techniques are invited to attend. Reservations are required and a fee to take the class is $35. Materials for instruction and a light lunch with bottled water will be provided. Please contact Dave Nessley at email@example.com or call 740-746-8043.
The workshop is part of the Hocking Valley Chapter’s restoration project of the old Carpenter-Koontz Cemetery located in south Lancaster on private property. The cemetery has been neglected and nearly forgotten for decades, vandalized and in disrepair with only one standing headstone among the 57 possible graves of Fairfield County’s early settlers, including four Revolutionary War patriots and one War of 1812 veteran. The Hocking Valley Chapter has the full support of the property owner and was assisted by a few volunteers from the community when work first began on June 13th.
The class in September will educate volunteers on proper techniques to restore the headstones. When all work is completed, the chapter plans to hold a grave-marking ceremony and commemoration. Please contact Dave Nessley if you would like to help in this project or take the workshop.