Cemetery Cleaning & Fieldwork

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Regularly scheduled Old City Cemetery gravestone cleaning is over for the season. It is harmful to stones to saturate them with water and solutions when temperatures drop below freezing within a 24 hour period. Stones with cracks, often hairline cracks that are not easily seen, will become stones with larger cracks. Also, the D/2 biocide we use is not effective in temperatures below 47 degrees. Thank you to all who volunteered this year-we accomplished a lot and only have a few dozen left to clean in 2019.

We hope you can join us!

  *****WE NEED YOU!*****

  We look forward to seeing you at our next cleaning!  We have a good time together cleaning the stones in the cemetery.  It  feels good to rescue and help preserve and protect these neglected and damaged historic gravestones. Due to the nature of the cemetery and stones, only adults are permitted for cleanings.

 

 INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?  PLEASE READ: 

A. Please RSVP 

So we may bring the required amount of supplies and equipment, please RSVP at RCASTennessee@gmail.com or call 615-995-2979  if you can join us!

B. General Information: What to expect on a cleaning day

 1. The Old City Cemetery is on the 300 block of E. Vine St. in downtown Murfreesboro right off S. Maney. There is plenty of street parking out front and there is also a very nice parking lot directly across the street.

 2. We are adults of varying ages and backgrounds, from college-age to senior citizens. Due to safety issues and the degradation of the stones,  only adults 18 years of age and above may participate.

 3.  Please try to arrive no later than the scheduled start time .  We will have you check in, sign a required waiver form, and we provide a brief training session. You are welcome to participate even if you cannot stay the whole time.

​ 4. We provide all the cleaning supplies and equipment. We have a certain procedure that we follow using water and a safe, non-damaging bio solution called D2, which is specially formulated to clean and also treat cemetery stones and stone structures. We have  water for the cleanings supplied by the City via a “water wagon.”

5. Wear old clothes, layers are suggested for weather changes, and wear closed-toed shoes.

6. Bring a hat and drinking water and any other personal items that you may need such as snacks, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray, etc. ​ We provide nitrile (medical type) gloves but you may choose to wear your own gloves–they will get wet. Most of us don’t wear gloves. Bring a folding chair, mat, or blanket to sit on for breaks.

7. Bathrooms are available about one block away at the Bradley Academy. The Bradley Academy is one of our Parks and Recreation partners; the staff are aware of our group working in the cemetery and we are most welcome to use their facilities. You may also choose to drive to the McDonalds or elsewhere close by, such as downtown or Broad St.

8. Cleanings are not strenuous, but please feel free to take breaks.

We are happy to answers any questions: Please feel free to email, message, or call 615-995-2979.

C. Why RCAS Uses  D/2 Solution:

After we dry clean the stones with soft brushes and plastic/wood scrapers, we then clean them with water. We also apply D/2, which is a safe cleaner and a safe biocide which kills lichens, mold, mildew, and other organic growth on and in the stone. It keeps working for months after applied. It is the preferred and trusted solution of  professional architectural, cemetery, and monument conservators.  It is the leader in safety and produces  longer lasting results than all other cleaners.  It  contains no bleach or acids and won’t leave behind salts that damage stone. D/2 has been successfully used to clean millions of buildings and monuments.  It is used on the White House and on gravestones in the national cemeteries, including Arlington Cemetery.

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FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE OLD CITY CEMETERY PROJECT, HOVER OVER “PROJECTS” ON THE MENU AT THE TOP OF THE WEBSITE PAGE AND THEN CLICK ON “OLD CITY CEMETERY PROJECT”