Friday, April 17, 2009

South Haven Cemetery Work Starts

Work has started on the South Haven Church Cemetery!

On the first really fine day of Spring, with the temperatures near 70, members of the Fire Place History started preparation work for the South Haven Presbyterian Church cemetery restoration.  Betty Budney, John Deitz, Eben Ludlow, Diane Martens, Richard Thomas, and Marty Van Lith are seen here excavating stones in preparation for their repair (where possible), and resetting.

Our stone mason, Hollis Warner of Riverhead, has straightened things out with the Town of Brookhaven and is ready to go -- but he is going on vacation next week, probably won't start until the week after, about April 27. In the meantime, community folks will need to excavate, clean and mark the location of the stones.  If you are interested, contact Marty Van Lith,,

Hollis also has to get back to the Town with a cost estimate of Carmans/Miller and Azel Hawkins burying grounds, the other two sites he's contracted to do by December 31.

John Deitz, supervising; Eben Ludlow, workingg

Dian Martens and Betty Taylor Budney, probing for fragments
As a youth, Betty lived two houses from the cemetery.

Richard Thomas

Eben Ludlow, uncovering what at first appeared to be a buried headstone
but  when excavated contained no text.

John Deitz, still supervising
Supervising is a tiring job! 

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