Cemetery gates restoration project

CLAREMONT, N.H. – In 1923, William H. H. Moody graciously donated five sets of gates and pillars to the local cemeteries. These once elaborate structures were made by the Stewart Iron Works Company in Cincinnati, Ohio in the 1920s. Moody, who also donated Moody Park to the City, said, “The new gates add the final touch to extensive improvements to our cemeteries.”

The gates and pillars that once stood at the Main Street entrance were totally destroyed over 20 years ago. Recently, the gates were retrieved from a scrap pile in the DPW yard, and restored by 3-D Welding Company. However, funds are now needed to rebuild the pillars.

In an effort to restore some of Claremont’s history, we are now embarking on a campaign to seek donations for the Mountain View Cemetery pillars. Should funds allow, we will utilize any additional money to repair the gates and pillars to the West Pleasant Street Cemetery as well. Mountain View Cemetery has 7,791 graves and West Pleasant Street Cemetery has 6,058, some of which are Civil War veterans. They are the two city-owned cemeteries that are home to these failing structures.

Please make your tax-deductible contribution to the City of Claremont Gate Restoration Project, and mail it to the City of Claremont’s Finance Director, 58 Opera House Square, Claremont, NH 03743. Please indicate “Cemetery gate project” on the check. For additional information, please contact Norma Limoges at 603-504-0351.

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