During the summer months, many people come to Cavendish to research their ancestors. Seeing the grave of a great grandparent can be a very moving experience. It can also provide new information, such as what a middle initial might have stood for, or the exact date of a birth. Some people, by walking through a plot, have learned of family members they never knew about.
Grave markers also offer important clues to a town's history. It is easy to track outbreaks of epidemics, the sentiments of a particular area, who served in what war and a lot more.
Cavendish has cemeteries with very old grave markers, including the Revolutionary War and before. While our Cemetery Commission does an excellent job with marginal funds, a number of stones are in need of care. In order to restore them, the Cavendish Historical Society is launching a community wide Marker Cleaning Day the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend.
We are working with the Vermont Old Cemetery Association and the Cavendish Cemetery Commission to clean and repair the grave markers in the seven Cavendish cemeteries. The students at the Cavendish Town Elementary School are also going to be involved in helping with this project.
CHS is seeking volunteers who would like to assist in the various aspects of restoration. Volunteers will be taught and equipped to clean markers. In return we will ask them to be responsible for cleaning certain areas and to help train others.
If interested contact Margo Caulfield at 226-7807 or firstname.lastname@example.org.