During July and August of 2015, 4 local teens spent 6 weeks documenting and repairing gravestones in the Old Burying Ground section of the Ithaca City Cemetery. The team was led by historic masonry specialist Randy Ruth, following best practices for gravestone maintenance and conservation. The project was made possible by funding from the Park Foundation and the City of Ithaca Community Development Block Grant Program.
Each of the following links is a record of the documentation and repair performed by the Work Preserve Summer 2015 Cemetery Team. The links are to Names In Stone, a website that holds burial plot records for the Ithaca City Cemetery. Click the green SOURCE:COMMUNITY tab in each grave record to view the Work Preserve documentation of their process.
Working from City of Ithaca GIS mapping of the cemetery and the Names in Stone grave IDs, the participants recorded notes about gravestone materials, inscriptions and condition, as well as taking photographs of existing conditions prior to repairs. Photographs were also taken during and after the repair process and the repairs were noted in documentation forms. For more information or higher-resolution images of the individual gravestone repairs, please contact Historic Ithaca.
There’s more work to be done in the 16-acre, 225-year-old cemetery. If you’re interested in contributing to documentation efforts or the Friends of the Ithaca City Cemetery’s cleanup days, email Sara. Volunteers are needed for the Ithaca City Cemetery Sprint on Saturday, October 31, 2015.
Baker, Charles, d. 07/21/1812 http://www.namesinstone.com/ViewMap.aspx?externalGraveId=GRV1879&cemeteryId=178
Perkins, Elizabeth, d. http://www.namesinstone.com/ViewMap.aspx?externalGraveId=GRV1877&cemeteryId=178