Refurbishing the past through masonry

PLYMOUTH, Conn. (WTNH) — After years of being exposed to the elements, Michael Angelicola is taking matters into his own hands to restore and refurbish headstones in local cemeteries. Michael Angelico, a stone mason and stone carver, is volunteering his time to remember the past and restore the headstones of those that have passed.

In this week’s ‘Working for Connecticut,’ we sat down with Angelicola to discuss the restoration and why he decided to volunteer his time.

“I specialize in historic restoration. I just feel like, you drive by an old burying ground, they’re neglected, you see a lot of stones on the ground, a lot of stones that fell into despair. I just kind of want to bring them back to life,” said Angelicola.

Michael Angelicola started this as a summer job when he was fifteen and found enjoyment through the process. There was a historic aspect that captured Michael’s attention. It is seen as the art of carving in the same manner as those that originally created it and keeping the memory of those that have passed alive.

“These stones were all put here to memorialize someone at one time,” said Angelicola. “So many generations went by and a lot of these people are forgotten. I kind of want to keep their memory alive.”

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