The small farming town of Hebron, NY has over thirty-five cemeteries, many over 200 years in existence, and some with gravestones dating a generation before the American Revolution. Gravesites include as few as two or three family headstones, others still active with over a hundred. In these community and family graveyards there is documentation for each stone in a typewritten binder that dates back to a Hebron Preservation Society project carried out in the 1970’s.
Tom Rogers and Charlie Duveen will present the current condition of these historic sites, illustrating the plight of neglect that exists in many of the walled plots. Damaged stone walls and iron fences, overgrowth, broken gravestones, and faded epitaphs all beg for attention and refurbishment. Tom and Charlie will propose a plan to upgrade the sites over the next few years, bringing to life our most precious and durable documentation of Hebron’s settlers through the centuries.