Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Who will win this battle - the gravestone or the tree?

Fig. 1 - (c) 2010 Marian Pierre-Louis. All Rights Reserved

This is what happens when a cemetery is not carefully maintained.  The gravestones can become permanently entwined within a tree. In 2009 gravestone conservator Kai Nalenz attempted to extract the stone from the tree.  

The tree had been hit by a microburst in 2005 and was slowly dying and falling apart.  After several attempts Kai felt the process was too dangerous for the preservation of the stone as well as for anyone attempting to cut the tree.  

As time passes, the tree slowly breaks apart from weather conditions.  Future high wind storms could cause damage to this stone and other surrounding historic stones. A professional tree removal service is needed to come in and take down the tree.

Fig. 2 - (c) 2010 Marian Pierre-Louis. All Rights Reserved
Fig. 3 - (c) 2010 Marian Pierre-Louis. All Rights Reserved


Fig. 4 - (c) 2010 Marian Pierre-Louis. All Rights Reserved

Alpheus Harding gravestone - September 5th, 1815
Evergreen Cemetery, Medway, Massachusetts

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