Pictured are before and after photos of the extensive repairs that were made to some of the headstones at the Hillside Cemetery.
The Monson Historical Society recently had extensive repairs made to the Hillside Cemetery in Monson. The crew from the Charleston Correctional Facility participated in the project. Crew Boss, Leon Gerry and his men worked on 120 headstones which included straightening those that were tipping. They also repaired 68 that were broken, many of them dating from the 1800’s which were in multiple pieces. There was one stone found buried under the soil. It was Frances, 2 year old daughter of William and Mary Hughes. As they looked closer they realized a base was not present with the headstone; therefore, the men found a piece of slate in the woods and made a base, setting the headstone. Frances is now reunited with her parents.