In response to the overwhelming task of cataloging and caring for over 900 cemeteries in Orange County that falls largely on the shoulders of volunteers, the Office of the Orange County Historian sponsors free cemetery care workshops. Each summer, there are 4 workshops led by Town of Delhi Historian and cemetery expert Maryanne Greenfield. The program is open to anyone who is interested in learning safe and useful techniques.
View this link on New York State Museum website for resources related to cemetery care.
Cemetery Workshops for Summer 2020
Marianne Greenfield, proprietor of Gravestone Cleaning Service, and Kurt Riegel, owner and conservator of Riegel Restoration, will instruct 16 participants on the proper techniques of caring for gravestones. Marianne will begin with a quick talk about the only recommended method of cleaning and then we will split into (socially distanced) groups and the hands-on portion of the workshop will begin. Expect to get a bit dirty - the results will be worth it!
Each participant is asked to bring the following:
1. New, clean plastic pail
2. New nylon or plastic bristle scrub brush (be sure it fits in your hand in the pail). Both pail and brush can be from the dollar store.
3. One pair of new, unused wooden chopsticks
4. Own drinking water, insect repellent, bag lunch or snack, if needed
While we are incredibly grateful to be able to offer this program, as many of our plans have changed due to COVID-19, when you arrive please be sure to maintain a proper social distance from other participants, avoid sharing tools, and please wear a mask when in close proximity to others.
Contact Nicole at NNazzaro@orangecountygov.com if you have any questions and/or to reserve one of the 16 sponsored spaces.
July 18th, 11AM to 1PM at the Rossville Cemetery located at 818 State Route 32, Wallkill, NY 12589 (located in the Town of Newburgh, however you'll want to use this address when using GPS).
August 15th, 11AM to 1PM at Hillside Cemetery located at 50 Mulberry Street, Middletown, NY 10910.
September 12th, 11AM to 1PM at the Amity Presbyterian Cemetery located at the corner of Amity Road and Newport Bridge Road, Warwick, NY 10990.
October 10th: Last open date for the 2020 season, contact us if you would like us to host a workshop at your local cemetery.