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Brighton Historical Society conducts headstone restoration

Monday was the third workday of the summer for the Brighton Area Historical Society’s effort at restoring headstones in the Old Village Cemetery.

Work continued with Dremel hand grinders being used to remove excess epoxy and stone at the site where broken headstone pieces where epoxied together, while diamond-tipped tools were utilized in the grinders to cut the marble stone.

New special repair white mortar was in-filled at the sites that just had epoxy and stone removed. According to a post on the society’s Facebook page, that will make the headstone stronger as mortar fills in the void where the headstones were previously fractured. Many of the headstones had missing stone material and through holes along the edge where the headstones were previously broken.

Future restoration dates are set for Sept. 26 and Oct. 24.

Meanwhile, this Sunday, Aug. 28 from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.,  a guided tour of 12-15 Civil War soldier gravesites will take place. The walking tour is given by historian Judith Coebly. Interested residents can meet at the entrance gates. Donation is $5 per person.

A second different guided walking tour by Judith Coebly of Civil War soldier gravesites will take place on Sunday, Sept. 25, also from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Donation is $5 per person.

Donations will help with the expenses of restoration of the Old Village Cemetery.

Reservations are advised as guests will be capped at (20) per tour. Call Jim Vichich at 810-250-7276.

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