Preservation at Oconee Hill Cemetery

Preservation at Oconee Hill Cemetery

Efforts to clean and restore grave markers of the Lumpkin, Cobb, and Hull families and the iron fence that surrounds them. Click on the first photo and then "Start Slide Show".

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01-This house in Athens, Ga., built in 1856, was home to the family of A.L. and Callie Hull.
01-This house in Athens, Ga., built in 1856, was home to the family of A.L. and Callie Hull.
The Old Home as it fronted on Dearing Street 
 
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02-A. L. and Callie Hull had nine children.
02-A. L. and Callie Hull had nine children.
Shown here: May, Marion, Thomas,
A.L., Longstreet, Callie, Harry,
Joe, Sally 
 
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03-Their fourth child, Julia Ermina Hull, died in 1880, barely two years old.
03-Their fourth child, Julia Ermina Hull, died in 1880, barely two years old.
 
 
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04-In 1892, their third child, Thomas Cobb Hull, a student at UGA, died of typhoid at age 16.
04-In 1892, their third child, Thomas Cobb Hull, a student at UGA, died of typhoid at age 16.
Tom was a student at the
University of Georgia. 
 
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05-Julia and Tom are buried next to their parents at Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens.
05-Julia and Tom are buried next to their parents at Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens.
 
 
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06-Grave marker: Julia Ermina Hull
06-Grave marker: Julia Ermina Hull
Here Rests
Julia Ermina
Daughter of
A. L. and Callie Hull
Born
Aug. 5 1878
Died
Aug. 27 1880 
 
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07-Grave marker: Thomas Cobb Hull
07-Grave marker: Thomas Cobb Hull
The headstone had lain in the grass for years. 
 
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08-Chicora Foundation's Mike Trinkley, Debi Hacker, and Nicole Southerland.
08-Chicora Foundation's Mike Trinkley, Debi Hacker, and Nicole Southerland.
 
 
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09-Tom's headstone is lifted from the red clay where it had lain for years.
09-Tom's headstone is lifted from the red clay where it had lain for years.
 
 
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10-Nicole drills out the rusted iron pins that caused the headstone to fall.
10-Nicole drills out the rusted iron pins that caused the headstone to fall.
 
 
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11-Debi chips the rusted metal from the headstone.
11-Debi chips the rusted metal from the headstone.
 
 
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12-Mike washes the base with D/2, which also kills lichen and algae.
12-Mike washes the base with D/2, which also kills lichen and algae.
 
 
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13-Nicole enlarges the holes in the base.
13-Nicole enlarges the holes in the base.
 
 
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14-Debi cleans the headstone with D/2.
14-Debi cleans the headstone with D/2.
 
 
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15-Nicole blows marble dust from holes.
15-Nicole blows marble dust from holes.
 
 
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16-Nicole drills holes into the granite sub-base.
16-Nicole drills holes into the granite sub-base.
 
 
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17-The red clay is washed off, but leaves its stain.
17-The red clay is washed off, but leaves its stain.
 
 
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18-Nicole drills longer holes into the headstone.
18-Nicole drills longer holes into the headstone.
 
 
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19-Mike cleans the drilled holes with acetone.
19-Mike cleans the drilled holes with acetone.
 
 
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20-New stainless steel pins are placed in the base.
20-New stainless steel pins are placed in the base.
 
 
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21-A dry run: Will the pins fit into the holes?
21-A dry run: Will the pins fit into the holes?
 
 
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22-The rusting iron pins expanded, breaking off chunks of marble.
22-The rusting iron pins expanded, breaking off chunks of marble.
 
 
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23-Structural epoxy will hold the new pins in place.
23-Structural epoxy will hold the new pins in place.
 
 
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24-Mike sets the new pins.
24-Mike sets the new pins.
 
 
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25-Mortar will bond the headstone to its base.
25-Mortar will bond the headstone to its base.
 
 
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26-The team lifts the stone onto its pins.
26-The team lifts the stone onto its pins.
 
 
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27-The headstone is braced while the mortar sets.
27-The headstone is braced while the mortar sets.
 
 
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28-Charlotte Marshall brought iced tea to cool us off--it was hot in that Georgia sun!
28-Charlotte Marshall brought iced tea to cool us off--it was hot in that Georgia sun!
 
 
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29-Mike takes a break to admire Charlotte's handsome book on Oconee Hill Cemetery.
29-Mike takes a break to admire Charlotte's handsome book on Oconee Hill Cemetery.
 
 
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30-Cleaning the stone exposes ivy, oak leaves, and acorns that were long hidden under grime.
30-Cleaning the stone exposes ivy, oak leaves, and acorns that were long hidden under grime.
 
 
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31-Nicole uses Jahn marble mortar to fill in the broken places.
31-Nicole uses Jahn marble mortar to fill in the broken places.
 
 
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32-Late afternoon rain calls for a tarp to protect Nicole's work.
32-Late afternoon rain calls for a tarp to protect Nicole's work.
 
 
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33-Nicole creates a faux mortar joint at the bottom of the headstone.
33-Nicole creates a faux mortar joint at the bottom of the headstone.
 
 
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34-The braced stone is left under its tarp overnight to set.
34-The braced stone is left under its tarp overnight to set.
 
 
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35-Tom's stone stands firmly upright again.
35-Tom's stone stands firmly upright again.
Thomas Cobb Hull
Son of
A L & Callie Hull
Born December 20, 1875
Died August 19, 1892
Blessed are the pure in heart
for they shall see God. 
 
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36-Julia's headstone, partially cleaned, shows similar damage.
36-Julia's headstone, partially cleaned, shows similar damage.
 
 
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37-The damage is caused by a rusting iron pin.
37-The damage is caused by a rusting iron pin.
 
 
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38-Julia's headstone is wobbly; it will be stabilized soon.
38-Julia's headstone is wobbly; it will be stabilized soon.
 
 
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39-A Wood & Perot fence surrounds the Lumpkin-Cobb lot.
39-A Wood & Perot fence surrounds the Lumpkin-Cobb lot.
 
 
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40-In deplorable condition, it needs professional preservation.
40-In deplorable condition, it needs professional preservation.
 
 
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41-The fence is undergoing preservation in 2017.
41-The fence is undergoing preservation in 2017.
 
 


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