Survey: Risk Assessment

When planning a gravestone conservation project, it is a good idea to conduct some form of a survey to overview the stones conditions. This may be as informal and basic as a walk through the graveyard or as complex as an individual gravestone and monument assessment survey form to inventory each stone. Obviously the funds available are a huge factor in deciding how to move forward.

A State of Decay

A large percentage of the stones found in Cemeteries, burying grounds and graveyards are in an advanced state of decay. Many factors have combined to contribute to this degraded condition. Acid rain and localized pollution have combined, along with the elements of nature, to greatly increase the speed at which many landmarks are being defaced or lost altogether. Land development has infringed on graveyards and diminished their historic perspective.

Gravestone Cleaning: What Not To Do

whatnottodoGravestone Cleaning : To clean or not to clean, that is the question? One of the most often asked questions regarding historic gravestones is ,”how do I clean this stone?”.

Cleaning Gravestones, Monuments & Stone Sculptures


One of the most commonly asked questions is, how do I clean this stone? Although the cleaning of a gravestone may seem quite simple, this is not always the case. Every time a historic stone is cleaned, some of the stones surface is removed in the process. Clean it too often, and all the inscription and details may be washed away!

Historical Perspective of Gravestones

Throughout the history of time, civilized cultures have prospered, and built great monuments to remember their leaders. Unfortunately many great works of art have been destroyed by wars, fires, earthquakes, and the ravages of time. The fewer historic icons exist, the more valuable those remaining become. We must foster new interest and respect, from the general public, in order to protect our cemeteries, burying grounds, and graveyards.

Stone Identification

The following are the most common stone types found in American Graveyards, based on the order they were predominately used.

The Battle to Save America’s Historic Graveyards

It seems it is human nature to except the given doctrine of experts, regarding any specific discipline. Unfortunately, it is often too late before we realize that there are many solutions to nearly every problem. Often it is not the excepted solution which provides the only or best answer to solve any specific problem.