NORFOLK SOCIETY FOR CEMETERY CONSERVATION

          Preserving, protecting, & promoting Norfolk's historic cemeteries.

  • Tools for Conservation Work
    Tools for Conservation Work
  • Conservation of Handmade Monuments
    Conservation of Handmade Monuments
  • Tools & Appropriate Binding Materials for Ledger Restoration
    Tools & Appropriate Binding Materials for Ledger Restoration
  • Foundry Expenses for Fence Restorations
    Foundry Expenses for Fence Restorations
  • Safe & Environmentally Friendly Removal of Trees Encroaching on Historic Monuments
    Safe & Environmentally Friendly Removal of Trees Encroaching on Historic Monuments
  • Child Angel Statue Restoration
    Child Angel Statue Restoration
  • Tools for Monument Leveling
    Tools for Monument Leveling
  • Appropriate Binding Materials & Expertise for Statue Restoration
    Appropriate Binding Materials & Expertise for Statue Restoration
  • Tools & Equipment for Conservation Work
    Tools & Equipment for Conservation Work
  • Foundry Costs for Ornate Iron Fencing Restoration
    Foundry Costs for Ornate Iron Fencing Restoration
  • Broken Monument Repair
    Broken Monument Repair
  • Child Statue Restoration
    Child Statue Restoration
  • Broken Monument Repair
    Broken Monument Repair
  • Broken Monument Repair
    Broken Monument Repair
  • Gloves, Tools & Refreshments for Hardworking Conservation Volunteers
    Gloves, Tools & Refreshments for Hardworking Conservation Volunteers
  • Foundry Costs for Magnolia Cemetery Gate Restoration
    Foundry Costs for Magnolia Cemetery Gate Restoration
  • Angel Statue Restoration
    Angel Statue Restoration
  • Elmwood Wall Restoration
    Elmwood Wall Restoration
Tools for Conservation Work
Tools for Conservation Work

Donations are Critical!

The City of Norfolk considers all monuments, statues, mausoleums, and tombs placed within its historic municipal cemeteries to be private property.  Therefore, there is no funding to maintain and/or repair these objects of cultural heritage, art, and history.  Friends and families of the long deceased have moved on or passed away so the option of contacting them in hopes of restorative funding is not a viable one.  The community must come together to save these objects and artifacts that make up the cultural landscapes that are Norfolk's historic municipal cemeteries. Your donation goes directly to active, ongoing conservation and advocacy efforts.  

Core Mausoleum

One such project is the restoration of the John H. and Martha Core Mausoleum. The Core, as it is affectionately known by local cemetery enthusiasts, is in grave danger of collapsing if its water drainage system is not repaired.  The drains placed on the roof of the mausoleum in 1919 have ceased to function and acid rain is leaching the minerals out of the granite of both the exterior supporting columns and the interior walls.  The estimated cost to repair the drainage system is $13,000.  This does not include restoration of the damage that has already been wrought.  

  • Core Mausoleum
    Core Mausoleum
  • Granite Column Spaling
    Granite Column Spaling
  • Edward Field Sanford Statue Left
    Edward Field Sanford Statue Left
  • Edward Field Sanford Statue Right
    Edward Field Sanford Statue Right
  • Interior Ceiling
    Interior Ceiling
  • Greek Mosaic Tile
    Greek Mosaic Tile
  • Interior Corner
    Interior Corner
  • Interior Arches
    Interior Arches
Core Mausoleum
Core Mausoleum

Your donation helps the Norfolk Society for Cemetery Conservation pay for the following:

  • Cost of professional assessment of restorations 
  • Appropriate materials to repair broken artifacts
  • Professional stone mason & contractor fees
  • Equipment to lift & move heavier monuments      
  • Tools, gloves, & safety apparel for volunteers          
  • Restoration of iron fencing, primarily foundry charges
  • Costs for securing Norfolk's historic municipal                cemeteries including fencing, locking gates, &   surveillance equipment

Lekies Mausoleum

The story of the John and Emma LeKies Mausoleum is a cautionary tale about what happens when cemeteries are not secured with adequate fencing, a locking gate, and security cameras posted in areas where theft is a high risk.  In the fall of 2012, two men used a crowbar and a saw to cut up the bronze vases and connectors  that served as a decorative fence surrounding the LeKies Mausoleum.  They did this on a weekend, in the light of day, and then drove their truck out of the cemetery gates.  Though most of the stolen items were recovered, the police allowed the salvage yard operator to keep the bronze piping as a consolation prize for reporting the theft.  All that was recovered, therefore, were the bronze connectors and vase (see slide show right).  All stolen elements were handcrafted by noted public art sculpture, William Couper.  We hope to someday restore the LeKies Mausoleum to its former glory but first we must ensure the security of Elmwood Cemetery.  Your donation and/or membership to/with NSCC will help us achieve this goal!

  • LeKies Before Gate Theft & 2012 Vandalism
    LeKies Before Gate Theft & 2012 Vandalism
  • LeKies Mausoleum 2011 After Gate Theft
    LeKies Mausoleum 2011 After Gate Theft
  • LeKies Bronze Piping & Connectors Before 2012 Vandalism
    LeKies Bronze Piping & Connectors Before 2012 Vandalism
  • LeKies After 2012 Vandalism & Theft
    LeKies After 2012 Vandalism & Theft
  • LeKies After 2012 Vandalism & Theft
    LeKies After 2012 Vandalism & Theft
  • LeKies After 2012 Vandalism & Theft
    LeKies After 2012 Vandalism & Theft
  • Lekies After 2012 Vandalism & Theft
    Lekies After 2012 Vandalism & Theft
  • Recovered LeKies Connectors & Vase
    Recovered LeKies Connectors & Vase
LeKies Before Gate Theft & 2012 Vandalism
LeKies Before Gate Theft & 2012 Vandalism

Donate Today!

As a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, NSCC welcomes your support through contributions! The conservation projects pictured on this page represent a portion of the conservation needs for the more than 350 acres that encompass Norfolk's historic municipal cemeteries.  Every dollar counts. All funding goes directly to ongoing conservation projects within Norfolk's historic municipal cemeteries.  Click on the Donate button below to make a tax deductible contribution to the NSCC. 


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