Storm-damaged cemetery restoration under way
NEW FAIRFIELD — The long-awaited restoration of a cemetery damaged in the this year’s macro-burst began Monday, finally removing trees that had fallen on some of the town’s oldest graves.
The New Fairfield Cemetery Association, which oversees the one-acre gravesite across from Town Hall, recently raised the $14,000 it needed to fix the damage caused by the May 15 macroburst that tore through the area.
The association had been raising the money — more than 15 times its typical yearly budget — since the storm.
The first phase of the restoration included having a tree contractor and hauling company hired by the association pick up and dispose of the trees that had fallen on the historic headstones. The macro-burst had uprooted three large spruce trees, broken a large portion of another spruce and the tops of two maple trees.
“This phase of the massive restoration project should be complete Tuesday morning,” said Bob Fossity, president of the association. “We’ll soon hire other contractors to grind the stumps and regrade and fill the areas around all the stumps and any disturbed areas left by trucks and other heavy equipment working inside the cemetery.”
The trees removed by the contractors were cut or chipped and will be taken to New Fairfield’s drop-off center for disposal, Fossity said.
The cemetery is home to more than 200 graves, the earliest dating back to 1754 and the most recent from 1969.
It includes members of some of New Fairfield’s earliest families, including the Brush family, the namesake of Brush Hill Road, where the cemetery and Town Hall are found.
Other notable headstones include 19 veterans from five different wars, the majority from the Revolutionary War, and a slave who died in 1810.