Preservation Month 2018

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Lectures on “Understanding the Stories Told by Historic Cemeteries”


6:30 p.m.

Hillel House at Washington and Lee University


Dan Pezzoni, architectural historian, Landmark Preservation Associates

“Decoding Rockbridge Gravestones”

Gleaning historical information from the form, iconography, and materials of grave marker.


Alison Bell, Associate Professor of Anthropology, W&L University

“The Bivouac of The Dead”

Preserving veterans’ burying places in the Valley of Virginia.



Saturday, May 12, 2018

Cemetery Workshop in cooperation with

VA Dept. of Historic Resources


9:00 a.m.

Brady Chapel in Lexington Presbyterian Church’s Murray Hall

$50 fee. Register by May 8


DHR will present a day-long workshop on the symbols and iconography of historic graveyards, as well as the proper stewardship and documentation of these special places on Saturday, May 12 in Lexington. Sponsored by the Historic Lexington Foundation, the workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature presentations about burial laws, and cemetery conservation, documentation, iconography, and archaeology.


Participants will also visit the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery for additional training and discussions. The classroom part of the workshop will be held at Brady Chapel in Murray Hall, the annex to the Lexington Presbyterian Church, at the corner of S. Main and E. Nelson Streets.


Following classroom presentations, the workshop continues at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, two blocks south of the church, where DHR staff will highlight general cemetery stewardship issues including the proper cleaning and conservation of stone and masonry and identifying and interpreting symbols used on grave markers.


All presentations will allow ample time for discussion and questions.


Fee for the workshop is $50. If you are interested, please sign up early, as space is limited. Lunch will be provided by the Historic Lexington Foundation.


Registration closes on May 8. For more information about the event, please contact Dee DeRoche, chief curator at DHR (804) 482-6441. See the agenda; download the register form.



Sunday, May 20, 2018

Lexington Visitor Center Tours of

Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery


2:00 p.m.

Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery



Sunday, May 27, 2018

Lexington Visitor Center Tours of

Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery


2:00 p.m.

Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery



Wednesday, May 30, 2018

David Cox to Speak on His New Book,

Lee Chapel at 150


7:00 p.m.

Lee Chapel


Historic Lexington Foundation will sponsor a presentation by R. David Cox on his new book, Lee Chapel at 150, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of Washington and Lee University's chapel. Dr. Cox will discuss the challenges of the planning, the design, and the purpose of the chapel and it's evolution.

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