Section C is to the right when you walk in the front gate of the Old North Burying Ground on High Street. It has many of the oldest tombstones, and was studied by Fannin-Lehner Associates under a program initiated by the Ipswich Historical Commission through a grant from the Essex National Heritage Association. A larger study of the entire Old North Burying Ground was recently completed.

The Old North Burying Ground, Ipswich MA
Rachel Myer and Joshua Gerloff live in Ipswich and are professionally-trained in gravestone restoration. They use D/2 Biological Solution, which is specially designed for the removal of pollution, stains, mold, mildew, lichen, and algae from tombstones without the use of abrasive tools. Heavy mold and algae growth can be removed by carefully scraping using wooden or plastic tools immediately after application. A maintenance program that includes a once-a-year light spraying will help maintain a clean surface.

In the summer of 2015, Rachel and Joshua volunteered to clean tombstones at the Old North Burying Ground, and began with six stones along the right side of the walkway. Before and after photos are shown below– the inscriptions are now clear and easy to read. Now that the Old North Burying Ground assessment is complete, we hope to transition to the restoration phase through a volunteer program with their guidance.

2 thoughts on “Cleaning gravestones at the Old North Burying Ground

  1. Gordon, Wow – wonderful outcomes after cleaning! Thank you for sharing! Take care and as always thank you so much for your ongoing work and your kindness for sharing – I so appreciate it as I am sure others do as well! Love your gorgeous photography! Cordially, Terri Reynolds


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