Construction Crews Uncover 19th Century Tombstones in Lincoln
by Laura Roberts - September 13th 2011 10:29pm
Lincoln - It was a normal day for construction workers in Lincoln until they dug up something strange.
"We're digging and putting in a new water line and just came across some white stones and we pulled them out to see what they were and found out they were headstones," said Jason Cameron, a worker for Maine Earth Construction.
Knowing this wasn't business as usual, they alerted town officials to what they had uncovered.
"Fortunately last night we did have a regularly scheduled town council meeting. We needed to get approval from our town council that they were okay with the project continuing. All work yesterday stopped for 25 feet from where the tombstones were found," said Shelly Crosby, Lincoln Town Clerk and Office Manager.
The town council gave construction crews permission to keep working but they're told to proceed cautiously in case any human remains are found.
"We started digging again today but we never found anything beyond that," said Cameron.
Meanwhile, Lincoln officials did some digging of their own in town records. They found out more about who these stones belonged to and matched their names to those already on a marker in the town cemetery.
"We brought the tombstones to our actual cemetery, they are here and then from there we're going to determine how we're going to proceed," said Crosby.
The town plans to unite the three stones with the larger marker in the cemetery, creating a more complete monument in these early town settlers' memories.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Lost and found graves
Speaking of graves in odd places, WABI-TV5 reported earlier this month on the discovery by a work crew of unexpected gravestones during a recent dig.