Gravestone Conservation Workshop Scheduled in Martinsburg on Sept. 26

The Trustees of the Norborne Cemeteries in Martinsburg, WV are sponsoring a day long workshop on gravestone preservation. Jonathan Appell, nationally known gravestone and monument preservation expert, will present the workshop.  Register at the Eventbrite page.

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Learn how to safely clean, level and repair headstones and monuments. The workshop will teach basic conservation and repair techniques. At a slow-working pace, all techniques will be described in detail as work is performed. Different types of repairs will be shown representing various types of work commonly needed in historic cemeteries.

Participants will learn:

Materials needed

Safe cleaning techniques

Hands-on skills in resetting a tablet stone

Joining broken gravestone fragments

Pros and cons of using epoxy

Replacing eroded or lost stone

Cement and concrete vs headstones

Old Norborne Cemetery was laid out by Adam Steven, founder of Martinsburg, Virginia (now West). It was established by an enactment of the Virginia General Assembly as a burying ground in 1778. There approximately 1,111 graves in the “Burying Ground” The oldest marker is dated 1800. Veterans from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, the Civil War (both Union and Confederate), WWI and WWII are intered here.

Lunch Included!

Extreme inclement weather may cause a change of date.

Additional Donations Gratefully Accepted!!

Have questions about GRAVESTONE PRESERVATION WORKSHOP? Contact Trustees of Norborne Cemeteries

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