Gravestone Restoration Workshop at Vine Lake Cemetery Today
Anyone interested in learning about gravestone cleaning and restoration is invited to join volunteers this morning in the Vine Lake Cemetery. A session will also be held on Saturday.
The Vine Lake Preservation Trust will hold a work session today at which they will clean and reset gravestones.
Organizers say no experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided.
“If you’ve never done this before, training will be provided that day,” says the Vine Lake website. “Come join us, you’ll have a good time, and enjoy the company of other volunteers.”
Vine Lake Cemetery was laid out in 1651 (the year the town was incorporated) and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Aside from a small cemetery on the grounds of the former state hospital, it is the only cemetery in town.
The Medfield Historical Commission has described Lake Cemetery as a "working museum of American cemeteries since the European settlement began" where the earliest part reflects the colonial period, followed by the rural style from 1830 to 1850, followed by the garden style from 1850 to 1890, then finally the modern landscape lawn style.
Additional work sessions will be held tomorrow, August 25.
To sign up for a work session, email email@example.com
About the Cemetery
As stewards of an active, public cemetery and a National Historic Place, its:
- Mission is to preserve Vine Lake Cemetery by inspiring people to care for, enjoy, and explore its culture;
- Goal is to promote the appreciation of its cultural, historic, and natural resources; and
- Devotion is to protect Vine Lake Cemetery and share it with future generations.
For more information, click here.