200 Year Old Wall Repaired
A considerable amount of work was done at the RBG in late December, January & March. The wall damaged by a fallen tree was rebuilt by Dave Vorhees and Dave Reading in February and March. During the rebuilding it was discovered that the wall was of Scottish “dry stacked wall” construction. The technique uses no mortar but results in a very durable structure. It is estimated that this wall was built around 1810 making it over 200 years old. The finished repair is shown at right. For a full report see the Wall Report.
New Jersey Cemetery Association admits Swackhammer as first historic cemetery
The Swackhammer Cemetery which is owned by the Mount Amwell Project has been admitted as a member of the New Jersey Cemetery Association (NJCA) for 2017. We believe this is the first member cemetery that is inactive and of a historic nature. The NJCA traditionally represents only active New Jersey cemeteries. The board of trustees approved the Swackhammer membership after Dave Reading met with Executive Director Judy Welshons, legislative advocate Matt Halpin, Treasurer Ed Faulkner, and directors Jonathon Pace, Richard Ralph, and Mark Sweatlock on January 24th. This is a significant step forward in our efforts to improve statutory protection for abandoned, inactive cemeteries due to the influence and scope of the NJCA.