Preservation

Preserving the Past for the Future
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Jonesville Cemetery Association is committed to preserve the historic memorial stones in the cemetery. In recent years, over 400 stones have been cleaned, straightened, supported, pieced together, and preserved. For two years because of a contact with an area fabricator, the Preservation Team added metal bracing on a number of stones which would have otherwise remained broken and on the ground.

The Team tackled some challenging stones on the hillside.

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(l to r) Milton Hatlee, John Davey, Frank Berlin, Ron Winters, Ed Hughes

(l to r) Milton Hatlee, John Davey, Frank Berlin, Ron Winters, Ed Hughes

Adding bracing

Adding bracing

Cleaned stone next to original condition

Cleaned stone next to original condition

In 2013, one of the original stones from the Union Grove Cemetery was given to the Association for placement next to a newer memorial stone to the same person: Eveline Wait.

The stone on the right was the first stone; the one on the right was the newer stone to match the one for Eveline Wait's husband.

The stone on the left was the first stone; the one on the right was the newer stone to match the one for Eveline Wait’s husband.

MacElroy Knob retaining wall and seating area have been totally redone as part of our enhancement program during our 150th anniversary. See before and after pictures below.

Recent view of retaining wall and seating.

Recent view of retaining wall and seating.

Upgraded wall and seating completed October, 2014

Upgraded wall and seating completed October, 2014

Improving  drainage after heavy rain was addressed during the fall, 2014.

Excavation work was recently completed along the upper road to assist in drainage of water after heavy rain.

Excavation work was recently completed along the upper road to assist in drainage of water after heavy rain.

To show the connection between the Jonesville Methodist Church and the early Jonesville Cemetery, the Association cleared the original Pastoral Walk from the back of the church to the back of the cemetery.

Workers remove fallen trees from the original Pastoral Walk in 2014.

Workers remove fallen trees from the original Pastoral Walk in 2014.

 

In 2014, the Association applied for a grant from the NYS Division of Cemeteries to have a private contractor use preservaton techniques on 16 stones which required new foundations or resealing of sections of monuments.

Methodist Cemetery Memorial Stones

The Trustees have accepted, upon a request from the Clifton Park Historic Preservation Commission, seven memorial stones formerly in a local cemetery which has closed. (Single Click on Any Image to Make It Larger)     The following is a list of the headstones from the Methodist Cemetery above: John L. Clapper d. April 13, …

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