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Cemetery Preservation Workshop – Newport, RI

August 15 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm



August 15
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
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Island Cemetery, RI
Warner Street
Newport, RI 02840 United States
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Join us at Island Cemetery in Newport, RI on Thursday August 15th, 2024!

All 48 State Tour events are 100% FREE & OPEN to the public!

9am-3pm (local time)

  • Participate in gravestone cleaning and learn the most common safe & effective repair techniques!
  • A discussion on historic preservation will begin the day with a short walk and talk tour, visually surveying some of the most historic gravestones and monuments in need of repair.
  • Safe & effective removal of biological activity w/ approved stone cleaners & graffiti removal + prevention. HANDS ON! Adopt a stone and perform the cleaning process yourself.
  • The most common repair techniques will be discussed and performed including resetting a badly leaning or sunken tablet stone and joining broken gravestone fragments using epoxy, clamps, and bracing techniques.
  • *If time allows* we will employ an overhead, lifting tripod and demonstrate how to rig and lift monuments safely.
  • *If time allows* we will review materials required and the process involved in replacing eroded or lost stone with the use of a stone infill material, including preparation, application and curing of mortars.


We recommend bringing water, snacks and any other essentials you feel that you may need. For example, a chair for breaks, hat, sunscreen, etc. We recommend wearing closed toe shoes and appropriate clothing if planning to participate. For further questions or concerns regarding this event, please contact us!

We’re excited to welcome Tracy Mahaffey to perform a live stone carving demo around 11:30am in MA and RI!