Sheep Pen Cemetery photographs courtesy of Scott Andersen - September, 2011 and April, 2012
"The Association for Gravestone Studies"
"A cemetery may be considered as abandoned when all or practically all of the bodies have been removed therefrom and no
bodies have been buried therein for a great many years, and the cemetery has been so long neglected as entirely to lose its identity
as such, and is no longer known, recognized and respected by the public as a cemetery. 1953 OAG 2978."

A Straightened and Repaired Gravestone Restores Respect for the Deceased Person it Identifies

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sharing a Post from the NCPTT (National Center for Preservation Technology and Training) on the Subject of "Abrasive Cleaning of Grave Markers"

Sharing this blog post by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training just posted today entitled:  "Abrasive Cleaning of Grave Markers"

This article can also be accessed from the home page of the National Park Service

Thanking  Dr. Mary Striegel for answering my question in the post concerning the use of abrasive tools on gravestones such as  "Nyalox Brushes"* that rotate on power drills used to clean and 'polish' the surface of a gravestone for inscription reading purposes, etc.; and often promoted for use in the name of restoring a gravestone to its original state.  

No one is saying that these types of brushes do not have their proper place for an appropriate and effective use.  In my opinion, a gravestone is not one of them.  As this article points out, if you would not use this type of a power tool to clean "the surface of your automobile" ...."then you would not use it to clean a grave marker."  


I encourage anyone who has questions regarding using any power tool on a gravestone to please devote a few moments to read this story, and consider that it is worth it to you and the gravestone to make the choice to use the least aggressive methods first -- methods that are non-invasive, non-toxic, and almost free!   

For reading faint inscriptions on gravestones, try using mirrors ** to reflect sunlight on the names and dates.  

 If you feel you must clean, use plain water; it is recommended to use distilled water***.   

Please review all of your options before taking even a scraper, or a brush, to a gravestone.  Or, applying a chemical.  Try the least abrasive and invasive techniques such as those mentioned above first.  It will benefit both you and the gravestone with this approach!  


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Update from Brent Nimmo: Seventy-Five Buried Gravestones Now Found at Madison - Truro Cemetery in Franklin County, Ohio

Brent Nimmo explores almost forgotten gravesites regularly when he visits the Madison-Truro Cemetery in Franklin County, Ohio. He more than walks the grounds and lingers to pay his respects to those long departed souls buried there, he stays for a whole day and digs down deeper -- with remarkable results finding and unearthing buried gravestones that have been hidden from view for decades.  

We have covered in past posts Brent's project's progress, so it is befitting that we congratulate him today for reaching the milestone of locating 75 buried gravestones at Madison - Truro Cemetery.  

Brent has gained loyal followers of his work and some have joined him.  Because he does not have the means himself to repair and re-set the stones he finds, Brent photographs them - standing them up for the photographs if possible (see the Eli Miller stone below) and then re-buries them with orange flags around them until such time as they can be brought back up and properly set upright.  This is a labor of love for Brent and the results prove it.  

Thank you Brent for all you are doing to bring the Madison - Truro Cemetery back to life and for giving it the renewed respectability that it so richly deserves.  

Please enjoy the some of the latest photographs shared from Brent below.