The Vine Lake Preservation Trust will hold a work session on Friday 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 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 on August 24 and 25.
To sign up for a work session, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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