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Restoration and Preservation Work in Hillcrest Cemetery

Post Date:07/01/2019 2:43 PM
  • The Town of Cary has contracted with Verville Interiors, LLC, an historic restoration company, to repair, restore, and preserve cemetery monuments in Hillcrest Cemetery. Hillcrest is Cary’s municipal cemetery and is a designated Cary historic landmark.
  • Verville Interiors will be performing the work in three phases between now and the end of the year to preserve our history for ourselves and future generations to see a glimpse of the past.
  • Hillcrest Cemetery is locally significant as the final resting place of men and women who made contributions to the Town of Cary’s growth and development during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 

The Town of Cary has contracted with Verville Interiors, LLC to repair, restore, and preserve cemetery monuments in our local historic landmark, Hillcrest Cemetery. Work by expert craftsman, Michael Verville, includes leveling leaning stones and stabilizing loose stones. The work will be completed in accordance with the US Secretary of the Interior Standards for Historic Preservation and Conservation standards.

With the burials dating back to the 1700s, Hillcrest Cemetery is the final resting place of men and women who made contributions to the Town of Cary’s growth and development during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The municipal cemetery is located south of downtown on 4.9 acres and is surrounded by wooded residential neighborhoods. The Town of Cary acquired most of the cemetery in several transactions during the 1960s and 1970s, making it the Town’s only municipal active cemetery. The Town of Cary maintains the cemetery of over 2400 burial sites and it was designated as a Cary historic landmark in 2014.

“Hillcrest Cemetery is truly a special place of great historical significance in our community as a number of past educators, business and community leaders are interred there. Restoring their monuments to their original glory is the least we can do for them considering all they did for Cary”, said Cary Town Council Member, Don Frantz.

In partnership with the Town’s Spruce Program, the Town will hold one clean-up day in the Cemetery on September 7 from 9-11 a.m. Volunteers will perform light cleaning of headstones/markers. Sign-up will be available through the Town’s website. Spruce volunteers donate their time and energy to help keep Cary clean and green by working in our parks, streets, streams, and other public spaces. From trail maintenance to litter cleanups and many other projects in between, the Spruce Program supports our citizen’s efforts to have a direct positive impact on both the beauty and the environmental health of our community.

If you have any questions about the monument repair in Hillcrest and/or the scheduled clean-up day, contact the Clerk’s Office.

Primary Contacts

Virginia Johnson, Town Clerk, virginia.johnson@townofcary.org
Anna Readling, Senior Planner, anna.readling@townofcary.org

Resources 

Clean-up Day (Spruce Program) Sign Up
Hillcrest Cemetery

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