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Gravestone Cleaning Workshop

Hidden Marietta Tour Co. is excited to partner with gravestone restoration expert Misti Spillman as she conducts a series of workshops for those who are interested in headstone cleaning and restoration.

This workshop will be conducted at Oak Grove Cemetery in Marietta, Ohio from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Ages 14+ only. Cost is $50 per person for the Beginners class.

You will receive hands-on, one-on-one and group instruction on headstone preservation techniques including fixing breaks, resetting, cleaning and how to mix proper mortars for stone repair. You will also receive a Headstone Cleaning Starter Kit that will include all the tools needed for the day.

The entire workshop will be spent in the cemetery. A break for lunch will be provided. Please feel free to bring a lunch or visit any of the restaurants in downtown Marietta.

Grave Cleaning

Misti Spillman has an extensive background in researching and restoring cemeteries. She is currently the Manager of Preservation and Community Outreach at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum in Dayton, Ohio.


She worked as an AmeriCorps member at the Ohio History Connection and serves as a reference and liaison to numerous museums and historical societies throughout Ohio. Misti is also the owner of Reviving Cemeteries, LLC.

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