Submitted by Viki Zulkoski
Earlier this summer, under the watchful eye of master stone mason Pete Demick, trained volunteers from Vermont Old Cemetery Association (VOCA) were instructed on state-of-the-art techniques to right and repair vulnerable antique stones in the West Burying Ground on Greenbush Road.
Pete, with his years of experience, most recently with Vermont Walkways and Stone Preservation Ltd., provided the necessary oversight to mend a total of 27 stones, some dating back to the late 18th century—difficult but rewarding work. Charlotte’s cemetery commissioners were on hand to learn valuable methods and best practices for righting leaning stones, which have been applied to an additional 14 stones. The next VOCA event is scheduled for Sunday, August 27, at 8 a.m. Parking will again be generously provided by The Old Lantern.