After visiting, post-restoration, my feelings were mixed.
First: This looks a bit too much like a Stepford cemetery. Too clean, too straight, too perfect.
Then: Is that a bad thing? Granted, it looks less old, less vintage-y. But these were not old gravestones when they were originally placed and grieved over by family members and friends.
Maybe like new is another way of saying as intended.
The restoration of the gravestone for Wm. B. Stone (d. 1857) is dramatic. Compare my photo below to a 2010 photograph of the same stone on FindAGrave.com.
Aug. 1, 1857,
61 Y. 6 m. 22 d.
There can be no mixed feelings about the restoration of this gravestone. Look at the high relief of the pointing hand! A beautiful carving, a beautiful monument.Blessed are the dead who die in
the Lord henceforth they rest
from their labours; and their
works do follow them.
Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Union County, Ohio