Gravestone Transformations, founded by Mark Smith, is a professional service dedicated to the conservation and preservation of monuments; from individual gravestones, up to, complete cemeteries

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When we began offering gravestone preservation services, we weren’t sure if it would be a business that would be well-received by the public.

Little did we know, the passion we have for preserving history, is also a passion so many others share as well.

We are so appreciative of the welcome we have received within communities and by municipalities in Ohio and across the United States.

Today, we would like to take the opportunity to officially announce our move to Southwest Ohio and to say Thank You to each and every one of you who have conducted business with us through the years.

We would also like to say Thank You to those who have messaged us and expressed their appreciation of the work we do.

And, last but certainly not least, we would also like to say Thank You to those who have come up to us, while we’ve been on-site working, and expressed their gratitude for the work we have performed in their local cemeteries. Work, by the way, which we thoroughly enjoy.

When we started our business, we didn’t expect to have the opportunity to visit most of the counties within Ohio, nor did we expect to have the opportunity to work outside of Ohio. Due to the overwhelming demand from our clients, we’ve had the pleasure to do both.

Our core belief at Gravestone Transformations is that every monument, no matter what the size, is deserving of our respect and preservation efforts because they’re each significant to history, the history within each family, as well as, our Nation’s history.

When our founder, Mark Smith, began Gravestone Transformations, he said When our ancestor’s passed away, they were respected with a burial and a headstone. They’re the reason we’re here, so we need to continue that respect for them by preserving their memorials.

Preservation work is not easy and it’s performed during the hottest months of the year. However, all of that is overshadowed by the honor of working on historical artifacts that play such a significant part in how America came to be.

Cemeteries, across the United States, display our history through those who are buried in them. From the early settlers that carved homes out of the wilderness to the founding fathers of communities that helped established them. Communities, such as colonial America, which was formed before the Revolutionary War, to the Northwest Territories, which were established after the revolt ended.

We encourage everyone to take a walk through their local cemeteries to learn more about their town’s history. The oldest monuments you’ll find on display have withstood both time and weather. Not every monument was so fortunate, however, especially the wooden markers that were made during the formative years of our Nation.

Our ancestors traveled, at great risk, across the sea to build new lives for themselves here in America. They fought against incredible odds, and overcame obstacle after obstacle in order to develop towns, villages and cities. Today, every community, in every state, gets to enjoy the fruits of their labor. We owe those in our cemeteries the respect they deserve by preserving their memorials.

While walking through your local cemeteries, if you notice broken monuments, leaning headstones and gravestones that are in need of repair, we encourage you to contact your township trustees.

Township trustees are responsible for the care of abandoned cemeteries. They’re not responsible for the cemeteries that are currently active and allowing burials. If the cemetery you contact your trustees about is not under their care, they’ll be able to let you know whose care it is under so you can reach out to the correct caretakers.

Thank you again for supporting us in our preservation efforts. We truly appreciate every single one of you.

For those who are unfamiliar with our story, feel free to read our earlier blog posts or join us on Facebook. Between our move from the southeastern part of the state to the southwestern part of Ohio, and working on-site in multiple locations throughout Ohio, we haven’t had a lot of spare time to post updates about our projects this year. Once things settle down for us this winter, we will be able to update you on our website more frequently and connect with you more on our social media page.

For those who’ve not visited the Adams County, Ohio area, I hope you get the opportunity one day to do so. The landscape is absolutely breathtaking.

We are looking forward to getting to know our new community, our new neighbors and we are excited to participate in all that Adams County has to offer.