Fundraising kicks off  for cemetery fence

The campaign to replace the picket fence behind the town’s iconic Meeting House kicks off on Memorial Day, with cemetery trustees hoping to raise enough for a long-lasting synthetic replacement.

Town meeting voters approved the project in March to replace the fence, after temporary fixes over several years have proven ineffective.

Greenfield’s Meeting House is on the National Historic Register and was featured this year on the cover of the state’s local elections handbook for town officials. Behind the Meeting House lay the town’s oldest inhabitants, buried in the first town cemetery, which is surrounded by the traditional plain, white picket fence.

The fence has suffered over decades through winter weather, failed paint jobs and natural deterioration of wood. Town Building Inspector Mike Borden presented trustees with a white, synthetic replacement that is virtually indistinguishable from the original wood construction,

The public face of the fundraiser will be collection bottles created by cemetery Sexton Merrill Villmore that will be placed around town. They are easily recognizable by the model white picket fence attached.

In addition, businesses that regularly make use of the cemetery will be solicited for contributions over the coming year.

Trustees are also offering $100 sponsorships for 10-foot sections of the fence. There are more than 700 feet of fence, creating more than 70 opportunities. Each sponsored section can bear memorial plaque of up to four lines.

In addition to the collection, those preferring to mail a donation may send it to: Greenfield Cemetery Fence Fund, c/o Cemetery Trustees, Town Office Building, 7 Sawmill Road, Greenfield, NH 03047.

For more information, contact cemetery trustees Gil and Margo Bliss at 547-3606.

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