Nationally renowned conservationist to conduct free workshop at cemetery Tuesday

From: Natchez Democrat

The man who helped restore the oldest gravestone in America will offer a free class on headstone preservation and repair at the Natchez City Cemetery on Tuesday.

Jonathan Appell, a nationally known conservator from Connecticut, will lead the class as part of his tour of 48 cemeteries in 48 states in 48 days.

Appell recently helped repair and restore the Knight tombstone at the Jamestown Historic Site in Virginia. The stone is thought to be the oldest tombstone in America.

“I have been in the field a long time,” Appell said. “I have been doing this for 20 years fulltime, restoring gravestones, monuments and historic masonry.”

To teach others how to use the same techniques he uses to restore gravestones, Appell said he decided to visit a cemetery in each of the 48 contiguous states and conduct workshops.

“I took it upon myself to do it this year, and I am doing it for free,” Appell said. “I am doing it to teach people.”

Appell’s trip is sponsored by Atlas Preservation, which sells many of the products Appell uses for conservation and restoration.


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