When I first visited this gravesite five years ago, I could read some of the engraving on the stone, but not all of it. It is the gravestone of Ingraham and Mary Rier who immigrated to Lubec from Nova Scotia in the late 1860s or early 1870s. To my knowledge, they are the first Rier ancestors to arrive in the area. The gravestone was encrusted with moss and lichen, after a century of being exposed to the elements. The Lubec Historical Society (LHS) has had a wonderful project, to clean and repair headstones in the Bayview Cemetery. See more about the project and the stunning before and after photos here. According to their website:”Thus far over 350 tombstones, bearing the names of 416 souls, have been cleaned, 54 have been reset. Of the 54, 31 required some type of repair prior to resetting. We’ve added 122 names to the Findagrave.com website for Find A Grave.”
After the gravestone was cleaned, a limb fell from the tree above it during a storm and knocked off the pedestal. Last weekend, LHS repaired it. The photo above shows the restoration. Below is the before photo.
To read about my first visit to this gravestone, see: