Deerfield looking for bids for grave marker restoration
Pine Nook Cemetery on River Rd in Deerfield
Cemetery in Old Deerfield
SOUTH DEERFIELD — The town is looking to restore gravestones in nine of its old cemeteries.
This week, the town issued a request for bids for the conservation and restoration of the historic cemeteries. Bids are due by 2 p.m. on Jan. 24.
The project, at the request of the Historical Commission, involves two tasks. The first focuses on the restoration of the grave markers.
It asks potential bidders to repair one to five gravestones in each of the nine cemeteries.
Many gravestones have fallen into disrepair with many stones and obelisks broken over the years. The goal of the project, according to the bid specifications, is to conserve, restore and repair the stones to good condition without affecting the historic appearance.
The cemeteries are Howes Cemetery and Hawks Cemetery in the Upper Road area, Savage Farm Cemetery on Lower Road, Ward Cemetery, Pine Nook Cemetery and East Deerfield Cemetery on River Road, the Old Albany Road Cemetery and Laurel Hill Cemetery in Old Deerfield and the Mill River Cemetery on Stillwater Road.
The second part requires an assessment of the repair needs of the Old Albany Road Cemetery located between Deerfield Academy and the Deerfield River.
Much of the work is required to be completed within 13 months after the contract is signed between the town and developer. The contract would be awarded within 45 days of the final bid submission.
The project is among a growing list of tasks the Historical Commission has set out to accomplish.
In April, the town authorized $47,750 in community preservation funds for two projects that would help restore and document the history of South Deerfield. The first project involved replacing the disintegrating fence and posts of the Sugarloaf Street Cemetery with new and maintenance-free materials that would mirror the original historic fence design. The second was to continue research that began last year to document historic structures in the South Deerfield village.
You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.