About : Our Programs : Adopt A Grave

One Stone At A Time

All over America people adopt children and pets. At the Blairstown Museum, we adopt graves. Not just any grave, but those which are located in the Blairstown Cemetery. Dating back to the 18th century, the cemetery sits on top of a hill overlooking Blairstown's Historic District and is the final resting place for many of the area's "frontier families", as well as John Insley Blair.

At one time, it was the village's premier and primary cemetery. Today, it is seldom remembered - void of flowers and visitors. Many years ago, there was an effort to address the weeds and several headstones were repaired in the process. Since then, except for the occasional grass cutting, there has not been any new preservation work completed. The grounds are not well kept and many stones have fallen into disrepair or are covered in algae, lichen, and fungi.

These are the graves of the brave men and women who first settled here when the area was known as Smith's Mills; later Butt's Bridge and Gravel Hill; and since 1839 - Blairstown. They were some of the first blacksmiths, shoe cobblers, wheelwrights, carpenters, doctors, entrepreneurs and shopkeepers in the area - and they long to be remembered. Through our Adopt-A-Grave program you will have the opportunity to participate in this ongoing cemetery preservation project to restore dignity to those who were here before us - one stone at a time.

Relax, Reflect and Remember

Recently, our Board of Trustees President was appointed to the Blairstown Cemetery Association, which was created over twenty years ago. As a result, the Blairstown Museum has adopted the John Insley Blair Family Plot. Our first Adopt-A-Grave Restoration Project will include the preservation and beautification of this site, which includes the graves of John Insley Blair, his wife Ann Blair and their son Marcus Blair. We hope our efforts will inspire others to help us address the other graves in this cemetery.

Details of this particular project will be released in the near future.

Wreaths Across The Hill

It has been said that a person dies twice: once when they take their final breath, and later, the last time their name is spoken. Learning from volunteers at The Arlington Wreath Project, as we place a wreath on a grave we say the individual's name aloud and take a moment to tell them we hope they are resting in peace. It's a small act that goes a long way toward keeping their memory alive.

Helping is simple and affordable. Your gift of $15 enables us to place a wreath on a grave. For the cost of a nice lunch, you could make a great impact to remember some of the people who first settled in our area, shaped our landscape and impacted our township. Your gift also teaches future generations the importance of honoring those who were here before us.

Our volunteers will install the wreaths on Sunday December 2, 2018; the 119th anniversary of the passing of John Insley Blair. We currently need XX / XXX wreaths donated. Please click below to donate as many wreaths as you wish.

Avenues of Support

Preservation Tools

Restoring Dignity

Together, we will honor the lives they lived.

Cemeteries are where many of us choose as our final resting place. However, as time passes, the headstones marking where we rest will become worn, discolored, covered with lichen, or even broken; such is the case for many of the gravestones located in the Blairstown Cemetery. Every $5 donation will enable us to purchase the necessary brushes, cloths, solutions, spray bottles, craft sticks and gloves required to clean and restore dignity to these stones.

How we treat them speaks volumes of us.

There are several reasons why gravestones become damaged over time. Many start to lean due to uneven settling. For others, iron and steel pins that were used to connect multiple pieces begin to rust and expand. For a few, they are destroyed by vandals. We use only top quality restoration products and techniques, which include using specially formulated epoxy, filling cracks and chips with lime mortars and even providing external support, if necessary.

Sponsor A Wreath

A Simple Sign Of Respect

Helping is simple and affordable.

Your gift of $15 enables us to place a wreath on a grave. For the cost of a nice lunch, you could make a great impact to remember some of the people who first settled in our area, shaped our landscape and impacted our township. Your gift also teaches future generations the importance of honoring those who were here before us. Volunteers will install the wreaths on Sunday December 2, 2018; the 119th anniversary of the passing of John Insley Blair.