Started out of an interest in the burial sites of Civil War soldiers.
"How we do it" No stones set in wet concrete.Pioneers didn't set their gravestones in concrete in a vertical or horizontal presentation. If you are considering hiring a restorer PLEASE ask them how they are resetting the stones.If concrete is being used to place foundations under limestone bases or if tablets are being set directly in wet concrete then cross them off your list. Concrete is the enemy of pioneer cemeteries. More damage is done by well meaning people using concrete to reset stones than by leaving the stone alone. We use the original bases when possible or replace broken bases with preformed slotted bases that use high lime content mortars.. No Acids, Bleach, Pressure Washing or Sandblasting.We use only a secret ingredient called "Water " to clean all of the stones. No wire brushes for cleaning. Plastic bristled brushes only. Stones presentation is as close as possible to the original presentation. We try to imagine ourselves as the "family" and try to interpret how they would have wanted their loved ones stone installed. NO recutting of inscriptions. Modern granite stone setting techniques are not used in restoring Marble,Limestone and Sandstone. You HAVE to think differently. Attention to detail and quality of work. These techniques were used 150 years ago by our ancestors. Few know how to properly restore these type of stones. This is much more than having your local volunteer grab a shovel and bag of concrete and set the stone in the wet concrete and then call it restored.
Who We Are
My name is Mark Davis, owner of Stone Saver Cemetery Restoration. I started researching burial sites of Civil War soldiers in 1994. I started working in cemeteries as a volunteer,then part time f0r hire, and finally full time in 2003. Since then its been a wild ride of projects from Cleveland Ohio, Pueblo Colorado, DeKalb IL , Detroit MI, LaPorte Indiana and more. This stone is located in London,KY. I stopped by to look at it while working at the Old 13th St City Cemetery in 2004.
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