Cemetery Workshop

“Participants Come From Throughout the State To Attend HLF-Sponsored Cemetery Workshop in Lexington”


Historic Lexington Foundation’s cemetery workshop on May 12 attracted participants from as far away at Cape Charles, Norfolk, and Mount Sidney.  Among the topics presented by the Department of Historic Resources were cemetery archaeology, cemetery and burial law, and cemetery conservation.


HLF Executive Director Don Hasfurther informed those in attendance of preservation plans the organization had commissioned for Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery and Evergreen Cemetery.   Those plans prioritize gravestones and other structures in the two cemeteries that are in need of repair, recommend treatment, and provide cost estimates.  Estimated costs ranged from $500 to $3,000 in Stonewall Jackson Cemetery, the most expensive being the marble table stone of Annie Baxter.


Participants in the program also paid a visit to Stonewall Jackson Cemetery for discussions concerning stone conservation, photography, and cemetery iconography.  Among the stones in need of repair that the participants examined was the grave of Annie Baxter that dates from her death in 1870.  The 3x6 stone is broken in two as a result of a fallen limb and is propped up on a nearby gravestone.  In addition to the body collapse of the stone, the report notes that the structure’s base leans and is missing two legs.  The preservation plan recommends repair and reassembling.


HLF expresses it thanks to Lexington Presbyterian Church for allowing it to use the Brady Chapel for the workshop.


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