More than 100 people attended a celebration of the life of Revolutionary War Gen.Henry Knox and the dedication of the restoration of his family gravesite Saturday, July 23.

Susan Devlin, president of the Thomaston Historical Society and chair of the two-year restoration project, kicked off the ceremony by thanking the many individuals and organizations that donated to the project and introducing some of the skilled experts who helped implement the project. The two largest donors were honored by the special role that they played in the ceremony.

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution was the largest contributor. Without its final matching grant, the new iron fence could not have been finished. Mary Kay Felton, regent of the Lady Knox Chapter of the DAR, was the master of ceremonies for the placing of wreaths by 14 organizations. Following the laying of wreaths by the Lady Knox Chapter, the General Knox Chapter (Iowa) and the NSDAR, Sandra Swallow, honorary state regent of Maine State Organization DAR, offered a greeting.

Felton's young daughters, Emma and Ellison, also placed a wreath for the Children of the American Revolution.

The Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati, an organization of officers in the Revolutionary War that was founded by Knox, got the fundraising ball rolling and was the second-largest contributor. Warren “Renny” Little, chair of the Grants and Education Committee, gave a talk about Knox. He closed with an amusing note about a book that Knox borrowed from and never returned to his fourth great-grandfather, Col. David Mason. It is in the General Knox Library now housed in the Boston Athenaeum with David Mason’s name written on it.

The ceremony closed with the withdrawal of the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard in Revolutionary War garb and a rendition of "Taps" by local musician Michael Whitehead.