, Derry, New Hampshire


August 4, 2010

Derry cemetery benefits from adopt-a-stone program


She formed The Friends of Forest Hill Cemetery to help clean and straighten stones, many dating back to pre-Revolutionary times.

Last year, Goldman entertained community groups including Girl Scouts, students and garden club members to help with stone cleaning. Members of the Pinkerton Academy Alumni Association cleaned and repaired stones belonging to the Academy's founding family.

Eileen Cox said she brings her father to Forest Hill regularly to visit loved ones. Now she and other members of her family are strong supporters of the cemetery, taking on stone cleaning projects of their own.

"It's definitely a family affair," Cox said.

Others have adopted entire rows of stones, or certain sections of the cemetery that are meaningful.

All that volunteer work is paying off. Many stones are now clean, standing tall and waiting for spring for more work to be done, Goldman said.

"This is sparking family interests," she said. "I see flowers on stones where I never saw flowers before. That's a good thing."

To learn more about helping Forest Hill with gravestone repair or other projects, visit

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