Material Fabric

The restoration of damaged materials such as markers, coping, and monuments constitute a major focus of the preservation efforts at Historic Randolph Cemetery. The cemetery has sustained a mass amount of damage throughout most of its 140 year history. Because of the extent of damage careful consideration was given to determining how to prioritize the materials to be restored. The restoration efforts have been divided into phases with priority accorded by factors such as extent of damage, age, and historical significance. The first phase targeted 34 markers which were located within the oldest area of the cemetery. These markers showed the most extensive damage. This area also contains many of the most historically relevant burials. Nearly all of the markers in Phase I area were composed of marble which tends to be less durable over time and exposure to weather compared to other stones common to cemeteries such as granite and slate. Most of the markers in the first phase were broken into fragments or knocked off of their bases. In either case a method called “blind pinning” was used to reattach broken fragments and secure markers back onto their base. All of the markers were cleaned prior to restoration using biocide and a standard masonry cleaning solution.

The second phase of restoration work also focused on markers within the Phase I area. Eighteen marble markers were restored during this effort. As with Phase I most of the targeted markers in Phase II were fragmented and broken off of their original bases. To view the entire phase I and II efforts, click the downloadable links below.