Sunday, October 26, 2008

Haunted only by mold

Today, we visit a tidy little burial ground tucked into the woods just a few blocks north of the bustling intersection of University Boulevard on Rouse Road.

As the entrance marker says, the Drawdy and Rouse families established the cemetery back in 1871.

There is, however, a local legend that the cemetery is haunted by a not-so-charming fellow named Benjamin Miles, who was buried here in an umarked grave back in the 1840s.

Now, I'm not saying there is no basis for the legend, only that I haven't seen any documentary evidence of anyone by that name in the early records.

What I can tell you rabbits, however, is the older stones in this cemetery are plagued by mold.

This renders them not only unsightly, but also illegible--the latter condition being quite bothersome to those of us of a genealogical bent.

So, I am soliciting advice.

Is the solution (pun intended) a 50/50 blend of water and bleach?

I know you have to be careful with newer granite or bronze memorials. But what about older ones like the one pictured here?

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