MAYNARD — Town Administrator Greg Johnson and the Maynard Historical Commission are pleased to announce the restoration and preservation of numerous monuments and gravestones in the Glenwood Cemetery.
The Glenwood Cemetery project, sponsored by the Maynard Historical Commission, will restore and preserve a number of monuments and gravestones in the oldest section of the Glenwood Cemetery prior to the town’s sesquicentennial year, or 150th anniversary, in 2021.
The stones chosen for restoration and preservation are those that belong to the people who signed the petition to name Maynard its own town and the early families who lived in the town before it officially became Maynard. Some of these stones only require cleaning, while some need to be reset or repaired.
New England Gravestone Restoration was chosen by the Maynard Historical Commission and they began conducting the preservation and restoration work this spring.
Nine monuments and 42 gravestones in Glenwoond Cemetery were cleaned with the D/2 biological solution to remove environmental pollution, dirt and staining before they were handwashed. Additionally, two monuments and nine gravestones were repaired.
In the fall, New England Gravestone Restoration will return to apply the D/2 biological solution to the stones once again.
“The Glenwood Cemetery is currently the town’s only property with a National Historic Registry designation,” said Historical Commission member Ellen Duggan. “The restoration and preservation of these stones is our way of recognizing and respecting the town’s history and honoring our early residents buried here as we approach the town’s 150th anniversary.”
Funding for the restoration and preservation of the monuments and gravestones was provided by the Community Preservation Committee and approved at a spring 2019 Town Meeting.
The Maynard Department of Public Works staff also assisted with the project.