BUCK CREEK, Ind. (WLFI) - More than 200 people are buried in Buck Creek Cemetery and many of the headstones are more than 100 years old.
"We say it didn't take over night for them to get like this, so it's good to take your time to get it right," Stonehugger Cemetery Restoration owner Helen Wildermuth said about the condition of some of the headstones.
But you wouldn't know many of the headstones have been around for a century by looking at them since crews began restoring them earlier this week.
"We level every stone out here that's to be restored then we clean it with water," Wildermuth said. "Then we start mortaring, repairing, then setting the stones level."
Washington Township Trustee Barbara Knochel said the project will cost about $50,000.
"We're very fortunate out here that we did have the monies that we could do it and I just think it's a matter of respect for the families, people that have come before us," Knochel said.
"State law does say that they're supposed to take care of their cemeteries, but funding is an issue so they are very fortunate that they are able to do this," Wildermuth said.
Wildermuth said there a lot of veterans buried at Buck Creek, and family members have been happy to see the headstones getting a facelift.
"We've had several visitors and they're just thrilled to death and they say, 'Why didn't it happen sooner?' That's usually what their statement is and most of them all have family in here too so their watching very carefully," Wildermuth said.
"People from the community are stopping by, bringing in information that they have from relatives about the cemetery," Knochel said.
The project will take two years to complete.
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