National Gravestone Expert Will Lead Seminar on August 27 

Jonathan Appell, a renowned gravestone preservation expert, will lead a day-long workshop on gravestone restoration at Orchard Street Cemetery in Dover on Thursday, August 27.

Gravestone cleaning techniques, resetting of toppled stones and repair of broken stones are among the topics on the agenda. Participants will also receive hands-on training to gain experience. This seminar will be particularly interesting for those interested in genealogy, history, gravestone studies, or historic preservation. The event is a free for all participants.

Appell, of Atlas Preservation, was involved in the restoration of the “Knight’s Tomb” at Jamestown, Virginia, thought to be the oldest gravestone in the country. He has more than 20 years of experience restoring historic gravestones of all types all over the U.S. He is currently hosting his 48-State Tour, visiting a historic cemetery in each of the lower 48 states.

Orchard Street Gatehouse Historical Association and the Dover Cemetery Association are hosting the seminar. To register, contact Paul Wood at 973.727.3430 or The event begins at 9 a.m. and runs through 3:30 p.m.  The Orchard Street Cemetery is located at the corner of Chestnut and Orchard Streets in Dover.

As this event is an outdoor event, social distancing will be easily observed. Participants are asked to bring a face mask and a bagged lunch. Beverages will be provided.

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