The Old Deerfield Cemetery Association is spearheading a major public-private conservation project aimed at repairing, stabilizing and cleaning nearly 400 historical gravestones, some as old as 220 years, at the Laurel Hill Cemetery. The goal is to preserve a precious resource linked to generations of the Town’s earliest families and to provide learning, interpretation and reflection opportunities for future generations. Preservation techniques leverage successes with previous publicly-funded and privately-funded gravestone conservation projects in Deerfield. (see below)
Major support will come from Deerfield Community Preservation Act funds. Substantial matching funds are pledged by the Old Deerfield Cemetery Association and local non-profits.
Other matching funds are sought from private individuals who descend from the seven generations interred at Laurel Hill Cemetery and from other champions of historic preservation.
Gravestone Services of New England discusses 2014 conservation work in Deerfield, MA
View before and after photos of historical gravestone conservation.