Friends of Wheeling will host a Cemetery Work Session Sunday at Stone Church Cemetery for volunteers to reset, clean and repair monuments.

The work will take place on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Last May, a workshop attracted more than 50 volunteers eager to learn best practices in cemetery restoration. Expert Jonathan Appell of Atlas Restoration Co. instructed attendees on how to use D2, a biodegradable, plant-friendly cleaning agent, to clean and preserve headstones. He also showed how to properly and safely replace fallen headstones.

The volunteers who attended the May workshop will use their new skills to make further progress in restoring the cemetery. Volunteers include members of the Stone Church Volunteer Fire Department, Foundation Solutions workers and Boy Scouts of America Troop 6 Scouts. The sand and gravel are donated by the City of Wheeling, owner of the cemetery. The effort is supported by a grant from the Ohio County Commission.

At 1:00 p.m., the working session will be interrupted by the ceremony of the Fort Henry Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, to dedicate a sign he placed in the cemetery in honor of the 17 Revolutionary War soldiers who are buried there. The sign lists the names and life dates of each patriot and features a QR code which, when scanned, takes you to the cemetery’s history and soldier profiles with photographs of their graves.

The cemetery has been in operation since 1795 and remains an active burial site.

Stone Church Cemetery is located at 142 Stone Church Road in Elm Grove.

Event chair Peggy Niebergall suggested that “volunteers wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring sunscreen and goggles, gardening gloves and a folding chair.” She added that no previous experience is required and that new volunteers can “learn on the spot”.

Water and lunch will be provided.

For more information, call Niebergall at 304-559-6953. Additional parking will be available on land connected to the Padden Financial Services and James Taylor CPA office building.

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