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Passion becomes career!

Carter of Commerce Township was first drawn to
learning about headstone restoration when he
traveled to Maine about three years ago. While there,
he visited a cemetery where many of his ancestors
were buried. He noticed that many of the
headstones in the cemetery were in poor condition.

He told a local historian there that he wanted to
clean the stones. “How are you going to do that?”
the historian asked. Carter's education began when
the historian told him to use water only and to avoid
using chemicals on the fragile stones.

Carter decided to make that a new passion and
career in his life.

“I always loved history,” Carter said. “I've always
loved genealogy. That trip to Maine got me going
when I saw how bad of shape the cemetery was in.
That spurred my interest.”
Headstone restorations revive city, family
                                                                Observer & Eccentric (LIVONIA, MI)
Written by:
Ken Abramczyk
Carter traveled to Indiana to learn headstone restoration, formed Carters Cemetery Preservation and
began work that would lead him to Livonia to restore the headstones at Newburgh Cemetery.  
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Written by
Amanda Whitesell
Daily Press & Argus
The dirty headstone had fallen over and broken into pieces.  Details of the Pinckney woman’s life
wouldn’t be uncovered if it weren’t for the work of local volunteers –– and soon, paid contractors.

At 28, Florinda Nash died in 1855. Born in New York, she was the wife of Marquis Nash, a farmer
who later remarried.

The headstone is one of up to 10 burials contractors from Carter’s Cemetery Preservation, who
were hired by the Village Cemetery Board with the approval of Pinckney Village Council, are
expected to restore beginning Saturday.

Restorations will come at a hefty $3,000 estimated price, but cemetery board chairwoman Linda
Van Blaircum said it’s necessary.

“I think it’s important to realize where we came from,” said the self-proclaimed genealogy junkie
who has studied up on the cemetery’s inhabitants. “Sometimes, you don’t appreciate your past
family until they’re gone and you can’t ask them questions.”

Van Blaircum hopes the preservation process will allow for better reading of the stones from the
1800s, as some are covered in lichen, making for an impossible indication of identity. Once names
are uncovered, she hopes to perform genealogical research and perhaps share the information in
the Pinckney Community Public Library’s designated historic room.

The repairs are being paid for out of the perpetual care fund established in 2009. The fund receives
20 percent of all sales of graves and columbarium niches in the cemetery since its establishment,
according to Village Clerk Amy Salowitz.

Dave Carter, owner of the contracted preservation company, said costs could increase or decrease
for the village, depending on the conditions of the stones as work begins.

“Sometimes you don’t know what you’re getting into before you do it,” said the Commerce Township-
based businessman.

Salowitz said the village hopes to begin an adopt-a-grave program for those interested in the
upkeep of a friend or relative’s resting place.

“It would be wonderful if a family came in and offered to pay the entire cost of their great-great-great-
whoever’s headstone to preserve their family’s history, but we will accept all donations, big and
small, for future repairs,” she said.

The village also is hopeful that the preservation will help in its application for the cemetery’s state
historic status. Should it be granted, the village could be eligible for more grants to allow for the
restoration a few headstones each year, according to Van Blaircum.
Headstones get new attention - Pinckney's cemetery efforts may
include adopt-a-grave program

    On the morning of June 8th, the City of
    Monroe permitted the Genealogical Society
    of Monroe County (GSMC) and the Monroe
    County Historical Commission (MCHC) to
    perform a cleanup of Memorial Place.  
    Though the site today is usually affiliated with
    the Kentucky Monument placed there in the
    early years of the twentieth century, it is also
    the final resting place of dozens of Monroe
    County residents, most interred in the 1830s.

    The main goals of the project were to remove
    sod growing over the headstones;  document
    the headstones;  and create public research
    materials to be housed at the MCHC
    Archives.  In only two and a half hours
    volunteers uncovered and collected data on
    over fifty of the nearly eighty grave sites
    known to be in Memorial Place!
Genealogical Society of Monroe County (GSMC) and the Monroe County
Historical Commission (MCHC) to perform a cleanup of Memorial Place.
The Monroe Muse - June 2013
    For additional information about the project and to
    view more photographs, visit the Genealogical Society
    of Monroe County’s website.  Also, you might want to
    click your way over to see the headstones on Find A

    Thanks to GSMC for sponsoring Dave Carter, Bank of
    America for allowing us to use their building as a
    staging area, and the City of Monroe for permitting us
    to conduct the project and supplying the site with water
    for cleaning the headstones and containers for
    collecting the sod.  

    Of course, many, many thanks to the GSMC and
    MCHC volunteers for generously contributing their time
    and talents to the project.

More than 100 show up to restore Goodrich
Observer Special Writer
David Carter, from Carter's Cemetery
Preservation in Commerce Township,
removes old epoxy and creates a smooth
surface for re-attachment at the Goodrich
Cemetery. Below top, Rick Muir and Frank
Boom of the Roth-Muir Funeral Home and
Bob Stankiewicz and his son Nick help
guide a hefty headstone back into place at
the Goodrich Cemetery.

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click here.
September 25, 2013

By Don Gardner,
The Macomb Daily
Dave Carter of Carter's
Cemetery Preservation in
Commerce Township will now
provide professional repair
work for the 20 or so historic
pre-1900s headstones and
tablets that could not be
repaired by the volunteers.

Carter said he will clean,
repair and reset the
gravestones, removing the
lichen that has built up on the
stones over time and by doing
so attempt to bring out the
names and inscriptions on the
stones that have faded over
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“We try to get as close to the original as possible,” Carter said. “It’s like putting a puzzle back together.
We finish with a grout, and we try to match the color of the original. Some of these stones are 150 years
old, so it’s sometimes a little difficult to match the color exactly, but the resulting work should make the
stones as close to the original as possible.

“This is something I enjoy doing. It’s very rewarding, especially to repair the historic stones, the veteran’s
stones,” he added.
Volunteers ban together to repair vandalized
Goodrich Cemetery in Bruce Township
With the help of heavy equipment, this granite orb was returned to its base.
Historical cemetery in Flat Rock restored after teen damages it

By: Tara Edwards
    wxyz News
FLAT ROCK, Mich. (WXYZ) - Propping up repaired headstones
and smoothing over the cracks, crews have made it look like
there was never any damage done to a historical cemetery in
Flat Rock.  In May, a young teen damaged all of the
headstones.   “Kids coming through. They think that’s a fun
thing to do I guess,” said David Carter, owner of Carter
Cemetery Restoration.  

But no one else in Flat Rock was laughing when a 13 year old
boy damaged the historical cemetery.  It is a place that serves
as a final resting place for the family of revolutionary war vet,
Michael Vreeland. His son was a veteran of the war of 1812.  
The boy faces charges now.
Lila Fedokovitz of the Flat Rock Historical Society told 7 Action
News the culprit used martial arts to damage the
headstones.  “Karate kick is my understanding,” said

“We put it on Facebook and within two hours we knew who
had done it.”  It is alleged the vandal did the damage, of all
times, over Memorial Day weekend.  “I think that is what hurt
everybody more than anything. That it would happen in that
time period,” said Fedokovitz.”
In August, the historical society came together to raise thousands of dollars to
restore this cemetery to the way it once was.  “We held a benefit dinner last
month to raise the funds to get Dave Carter back.  He did the original restoration
five years ago,” said Fedokovitz.  “We love to come out. It’s rewarding,” said
Carter.  “Especially the founding fathers, our veterans. Just to get them back up.
Make them more respectable again.”  

The restoration was completed on Sunday.
Organizers are hoping everyone will respect this historical cemetery and never
damage it again.