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May 8, 2013

Volunteers restore Salisbury's oldest gravestones

Volunteers restore town's oldest gravestones


As far as repairing broken stones, Turner said it typically takes him about four hours per grave, although the time and process vary depending on how old the stone is, what type of stone it is, what condition it’s in and how much of the grave needs to be dug up.

“Some of them are sandstone, some are slate, each one takes a slightly different process so you can read what it says,” Turner said.

Turner said he is willing to take on the arduous task of grave repair because he has a unique passion for local history. His ancestor Anthony Colby was one of the original founders of Salisbury, and over the years Turner has embraced his family’s role in shaping the town’s history by documenting and preserving it.

“I’ve been here for 31 years, but the Colby name is what got me into it,” Turner said. “I do most of the genealogy work in the town when we get requests from people out of town who can’t visit.”

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