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PHOTOS: Volunteers restore gravestones at Old Fort Cemetery

  • Buntin-Rumford-Webster Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution member Roberta Doore, 79, of Pembroke scrapes dirt and moss off a gravestone at Old Fort Cemetery in Concord on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Buntin-Rumford-Webster Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution members Grace Forest (left), 66, of Pembroke and Jan Reynolds, 66, of Concord scrub a gravestone clean at Old Fort Cemetery in Concord on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Headstones cleaned by the Buntin-Rumford-Webster Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and reset by the city cemetery staff earlier this month are illuminated by the sunlight at Old Fort Cemetery in Concord on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Buntin-Rumford-Webster Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution members Beverley Smith (left) and Nancy Shee replace old American flags with new ones at Old Fort Cemetery in Concord on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Buntin-Rumford-Webster Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution member Marilyn Wolf, 89, of Pembroke scrapes dirt and moss off a gravestone at Old Fort Cemetery in Concord on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Cemetery workers Dale Morse (left) and Jeff Abbott flip a headstone so members of the Buntin-Rumford-Webster Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution can continue cleaning it at Old Fort Cemetery in Concord on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Cemetery staff set a newly-cleaned headstone back in place after members of the Buntin-Rumford-Webster Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution cleaned gravestones at Old Fort Cemetery in Concord on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Members of the Buntin-Rumford-Webster Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution clean gravestones at Old Fort Cemetery in Concord on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Friday, October 20, 2017

For three years now, the Buntin-Rumford-Webster Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution have been restoring headstones and helping with upkeep of the Old Fort Cemetery on Shawmut Street in Concord. On Friday, members cleaned another six stones with help from cemetery employees. “It’s joyful to be able to read a stone you couldn’t read before,” said Kay Sternenberg, Vice Regent of the Chapter and Chair of the Old Fort Cemetery Committee. The property, formerly known as “The Fort Burying Ground,” was established in 1775 and is the final resting place of many Revolutionary veterans including familiar Concord names such as Eastman and Kimball. For more photos and video visit concordmonitor.com.