Old Stone Cemetery preservation efforts continue with lecture and gravestone cleaning workshop

Greenbrier Historical Society is pleased to sponsor two important historic preservation events this month. There will a lecture on Thursday evening, July 23 at 7 p.m. and a hands-on workshop on Saturday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“If These Old Stones Could Talk,” a slide show presentation by workshop leaders Morgan Donally Bunn and Kate Lewis Bunn, will take place in the Fellowship Hall of Old Stone Church on July 23 at 7 p.m. Morgan and Kate have years of cemetery preservation experience and connections to a number of families buried in the Old Stone Cemetery. You are guaranteed an evening of behind-the-stones stories, information and conversation.

Why is one gravestone entirely in Latin and what is being done to save it? What group cleaned up the overgrown cemetery during WWII? Just how many people are buried in Old Stone Cemetery and how many actual stones are in it? Join us on Thursday evening to get the answers to these questions and many more. This lecture is free and open to all, though donations are happily accepted to continue the on-going preservation work in Old Stone Cemetery.

Cemetery Cleaning 101, a hands-on workshop, is being offered on Saturday, July 25 in the Old Stone Cemetery. Join us to learn to identify the different types of stones, record tombstone data and the correct way to clean and care for tombstones. A $20 registration fee covers a boxed lunch, a bucket of tombstone safe tools for cleaning and an informational handout. Please call 304-645-3398 for more information and to sign up. Come prepared to clean and have fun.


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