On May 26 2020, Preservation Maryland held a free workshop at the Mt. Zion Church cemetery in Venton, MD (located on the northwest outskirts of Princess Anne).
The Rural Maryland Council provided Preservation Maryland with a generous grant to host cemetery preservation workshops in all 18 rural counties in Maryland — this one covering Somerset County. The workshop was led by Benjamin Curran, Preservation Maryland's Historic Trades Curriculum Developer and was attended by about nineteen participants.
Watch the video above for a demonstration on how to properly clean a grave marker - as taught by our Preservation Maryland instructor - using specific supplies and simple techniques.
It is IMPERATIVE to get permission from the cemetery and/or property owner before performing any cleaning.
NEVER use any metal tools when cleaning grave markers as they may damage the stone. Only use scrapers and brushes made of plastic or nylon.
NEVER use any type of chlorine bleach cleaners or abrasive cleansers. Only use professionally approved and tested cleaners. The one used in this workshop is D/2 Biological Solution.