The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will donate $3749.50 to Lady Knox Chapter, NSDAR for its Tolman Cemetery Project. Lady Knox Chapter previously sponsored two successful grant applications by other organizations, Thomaston Historical Society, 2016, for restoration of the Knox family gravesite, and Monhegan Lighthouse Station, 2014, for restoration of the lighthouse station building.

Lady Knox Chapter, NSDAR first got involved with the project at Tolman Cemetery on Lake Avenue, Rockland, after local citizen F. Carl Mahoney brought declining cemetery conditions to the chapter’s attention. The chapter began by doing a major cleanup of the cemetery, purchasing new flag holders for veterans’ graves, and doing a preliminary assessment of the cemetery headstones and a monument that was placed at the cemetery by the Maine State Organization in 1947.

The 1947 monument holds a bronze plaque commemorating 21 Revolutionary War patriots interred at Tolman. Over the last 70 years, the monument gradually slid downhill toward Lake Avenue. Many of the cemetery’s headstones are broken, leaning, or moss covered. The chapter has undertaken a multi-phase restoration project to be completed by September 2017.

In 2016, it received grants from the city of Rockland and the Viles Foundation and raised money from private and corporate donations. Those grants provided funds for restoration of damaged headstones. The NSDAR Special Project Grant will allow the chapter to place a new monument at the entrance to the cemetery, to clean and install the 1947 plaque on the new monument, and add additional bronze plaques on the monument. One plaque will honor three additional Revolutionary War patriots not included on the 1947 plaque. A second plaque will commemorate Isaiah Tolman for his Revolutionary War service and for deeding one acre of his land for a public cemetery in 1783.

For more information about the Tolman Cemetery Project, contact Regent Mary Kay Felton at feltonmk@gmail.com or visit Lady Knox Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution on Facebook.

In conjunction with the project the Maine Old Cemetery Association invites volunteers who have attended one of its workshops to help Joe Ferrannini with righting and repairing stones in the cemetery Monday, July 24. The association will be working in the cemetery cleaning stones for a period of about two weeks after that.

Trained personnel are needed for the work on the 24th; to help with that contact Helen Shaw at hashaw@earthlink.net. To help with the cleaning, contact Joanne Richards at joanne.richards@twc.com.