As many of you know, my husband and I have been working on the Leighton monument in the country in Dover, NH. I have been ill for the past two summers, but am now in good health once again. This past Saturday, we took a trip to the Leighton monument and took some spray to get rid of the poison ivy there - there was a great deal of poison ivy three years ago and we sprayed it, but expected it to come back again. Luckily, it didn't come back.
Anyway, when we first started to work on the monument, we cleaned it up and hired a company that cares about historic monuments to have them straigthen it out because it leaning badly, in addition to being very dirty. I am very happy to tell you that the Leighton family monument is still very clean now, except for a small area of black around the base, which we will clean this coming Saturday, June 9. Then, we will purchase top soil, a small fence to put around the monument and plant perennials near it. After that, it is our intention that my husband will build a frame with pressure-treated wood which we will place around the headstone of John Leighton so that it will be preserved and on top of the pressure treated frame, we will place a either a sheet of clear plastic or shatter proof glass through which the headstone can be viewed and which will prevent the weather from destroying the writing on the tombstone. We believe that the tombstone was probably standing at one time, but we will leave it lying where it is, rather than to attempt to raise it up because we fear that it could be damaged or broken in the raising up.
If anyone has any questions, please contacte me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sincerely, Nancy Leighton Auclair
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