In 2011 the Collin County Historical Commission chose Bear Creek Cemetery as one of two places to hold a day-long workshop on Gravestone Restoration, led by Jonathan Appell. This was a hands-on workshop, and Jon not only told us how, he demonstrated cleaning, leveling, and repairing three badly damaged markers. The following topics were covered:
The workshop was very well-attended, and we are very pleased with the results!
The next day the workshop was held at Snow Hill Cemetery, north of Farmersville. Another page for Snow Hill Cemetery.
There is an article with pictures here, prepared by Candace Fountoulakis. Candace is very involved in the care of Young Cemetery, also in Collin County.
|Learning about various materials and styles of gravestones.|
|Using a mirror to make invisible markings readable. Cleaning stone with D2|
|Using a homemade tripod to easily lift very heavy stones.|
|Tilted 3-piece stone repaired and levelled.
Upright stone re-united with its base, and base levelled and repaired.