Introduction to Cemetery Monument Preservation

Louisburg, NC
Sunday May 21
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Introduction to Cemetery Monument Preservation

Sunday, May 21st, 2023 at 1:30pm

Historic Oakwood Cemetery
(1812-1828 NC 39 Hwy N, Louisburg, 27549)

Olde Towne Louisburg (Louisburg Historic District, Inc. a 501 (c) (3)) will be hosting this one-day monument preservation workshop at their Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Louisburg, North Carolina.

In taking this workshop you will come away with basic understanding and knowledge you need to care for your own headstone/memorial, by learning the tools and techniques in proper gravestone cleaning and care. Many historic gravestones have been destroyed due to untrained individuals and incorrect techniques. This is a hands on workshop where you will be working on actual stones that will be the same type of stones in your own cemetery.

Registration online only (click here to register)!

Workshop tickets are $50/person, includes tools and materials to use during the workshop.  
This workshop is limited to only 20 participants.
Ticket sales are final with no refunds, since this is a fund raising event for LHD, Inc.

About Verville Interiors & Preservation:

Michael is a historian, currently enrolled in a PhD program in Public History at North Carolina State University (NCSU), and holds a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation from UNC-Greensboro (UNCG) and a Bachelor’s degree in History from North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Michael apprenticed under the late Dean Ruedrich, a master craftsman in historic preservation. Michael continues his education with workshops on traditional stone masonry (e.g., Brooklyn, NY and Stirling, Scotland). Michael has served on various historic preservation committees and boards in the Piedmont region of North Carolina and is available as an independent consultant. Michael is also a member of Eagle Lodge #19, AF&AM in Hillsborough, NC.

Hilary is a scientist, holding a Master’s Degree in Cell Biology from Illinois Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree from University of South Carolina. Hilary has served on the Boards of local living history non-profits and is a current member of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough, NC.

Together, they work on site to provide thoughtful and methodical approaches to repairing and restoring historic cemetery monuments. They are members of the Association for Gravestone Studies and are committed to advancing the scholarship around historic cemeteries. More information about Verville Interiors & Preservation can be found at their website:

Event contact info: Louisburg Historic District, Inc./Olde Towne Louisburg: or 919-435-4046.

A special note of thanks to Town Council Members Tom Clancy and Silke Stein, along with Town Administrator Sean Medlin and Planning & Zoning Administrator, Philip Slayter, for working with Olde Towne Louisburg to help offer this event to the public.