April 4, 2022
111 Church Street
Yorktown, VA 23690
Historic Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery Restoration and Preservation Initiative
Monday, April 4, 2022
Witness the restoration of historic monuments at this circa 1697 church.
Under the leadership of Dr. David Miller, chair of the Cemetery Committee, Historic Grace Episcopal Church (ca 1697), Yorktown has undertaken an ambitious multi-year project to preserve, restore, and repair both the historic and contemporary gravestones, monuments, and markers in the cemetery. They have had 7 cemetery preservation workshops to date mentored by Rachel Popp, Education Coordinator, Historic St. Luke's, Smithfield. These workshops included a lecture and hands-on training, and included participation from both parishioners of Grace Church and members of the local community using materials and methods approved by the United States Veterans Administration and the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
The church has contracted the services of TaMara Conde with Historic Gravestone Restoration Services from New Salem, Massachusetts, for the more challenging projects, such as leveling and rebuilding some of the more historic monuments that have been damaged over the years. They contracted the services of local experts who aerated and reseeded the cemetery, and arborists who trimmed, pruned, and uplifted trees in the cemetery. TaMara Conde will be working on the site the week of April 4. The next preservation workshop (open to Grace Church members and up to 20 members of the public) is scheduled in the church and cemetery for Thursday, September 8.