Volunteers from the Rensselaer Land Trust, Stephentown Historical Society, Restoration of Eastern European Jewish Cemeteries, Inc., Down in Denver Books of Stephentown, neighbors, friends and community members came together on Saturday July 17th for cemetery restoration work at the historic Stephentown Old Baptist Church Cemetery on Calvin Cole Road. The Old Baptist Cemetery is an early Stephentown cemetery with graves predating the mid 19th century. The property is owned by Alice LeBlanc who is undertaking responsibility to restore the cemetery to a dignified state and who has granted the Rensselaer Land Trust a conservation easement on the property.

Under the guidance and instruction of cemetery restoration specialist Joseph Ferrannini of Grave Stone Matters, tombstones were excavated, reset and cleaned by the volunteers. Earlier this year, and in 2009, local Eagle Scouts have volunteered at the cemetery and cleared much of the brush, trees, and debris. Their work allowed Saturday's volunteers to focus on tombstone restoration. A follow-up restoration workday is scheduled for Saturday, September 11th, 2010. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Paul Schroeder, Volunteer Coordinator, Rensselaer Land Trust at pschroeder1@nycap.rr.com or 518-674-2480.


 Volunteers Bob Crowley and Dan Lober excavate a headstone