Tree, fence forever united at cemetery

This week we again look at a permanent features speaking to Silverbrook Cemetery's unique place in our history.
One section of the ornate wrought iron fencing surrounding the grounds found its fame through a 1930s edition of the long-time syndicated news column, Ripley's Believe it or Not.
This particular section of fence, dating back to the mid-1800s, is completely surrounded by a living tree. It was originally part of an enclosure of the A.B. Staples family plot.
Most of the fence was taken down during the 1940s, however, by that time it was already embedded within the tree forever more.
In May of this year, Friends of Silverbrook Cemetery set out to undertake the restoration of the entire fence enclosing the cemetery. Volunteers worked tirelessly to repair, reset the broken sections and repaint the decorative iron, to restore the fence.
The Staples family plot was also cared for during the early days of the group's work.

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Published July 16th, 2007