Cemetery Awareness Day, April 14 2018
Proclaimed by the State of Rhode Island to be “Historic Cemetery Restoration & Awareness Day”, April 14th will bring together groups of volunteers in the form of local residents, historical society members, Block Island students and visitors. It is hoped that at least one cemetery in each of our state’s towns will be cared for on that day.
The cemetery chosen to be cleaned in New Shoreham is Rhode Island Historic Cemetery #1, on West Side Road & Center Road. Stone carver Karin Sprague will instruct in the method of gentle stone cleaning. Pruning around overgrown stones will also be directed. All ages welcome.
Dory Wagner, of the Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission hopes that this recognized day will make people aware that our old burial grounds deserve more respect than they are being given.
“This day is an opportunity for residents of our towns to get outdoors, put down your cell phones and see historic places,” she said. “Bring your kids, your grandmother. See wildlife and hear the birds. It is very satisfying work to give a little respect and a ‘thank you’ to the early families of our towns. It’s up to all of us to appreciate and acknowledge what they have provided for us here today.”
Those wishing to help clean this cemetery should arrive at the stone pillars at 10:00 a.m., with clippers and gloves Anyone with questions may contact Pam Gasner of the Block Island Historical Society at Blockislandhistory@gmail.com