Town looks to replace missing cemetery stones

LYNDEBOROUGH – Over the last several years, a number of granite blocks have been removed by persons unknown from three cemetery walls in town.

The Heritage Commission recently met with contractor Wally Holt and cemetery trustee Bob Rogers to discuss the restoration of the most obvious of the thefts: the northernmost entrance to the South Cemetery from Cemetery Road. Several blocks have been removed from the corner of the entrance.

Both men are members of the Heritage Commission. Holt said he had been looking around and had located some possible granite blocks that could be used. Rogers said a wall stone had been removed from Johnson’s Corner Cemetery, a stone that contained an iron ring, once used to hitch horses.

The South Cemetery is perhaps the oldest burial ground in town, dating to at least 1772. The Civil War Monument is located in one corner.