Marble Monuments and Headstones- History and Tradition

Taj Mahal

In our series on materials that are used or have traditionally been used in the making of monuments and memorials, we have looked at granite, marble, sandstone, limestone, bronze, copper, slate, and wood. In this article we will look at the classic use of marble for memorial markers, statues, and … Read More

Upstate New York Cemeteries- Mount Hope

Canon and grave stones in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester NY

In nearly every township across the Unites States, you will find at least one cemetery or graveyard.  According to Statista there are approximately 25,000 cemeteries across the 50 states.  Each cemetery is filled with historic architecture and stonework as well as many personal stories of its residents.  Cemeteries show our … Read More

Famous Marble Monuments, Tombs, and Buildings

Staute of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial

Tombs Perhaps the most famous of all marble tombs is the Taj Mahal.  This shrine to an emperor’s wife was constructed in the early 17th century and is entirely clad in an ivory-white shade of marble.  The construction itself took more than 20 years, during which an estimated 20,000 stone … Read More

What’s the Best for Monuments and Headstones? A Look at Granite

Granite headstone etched with a sun

In our series on materials that are used or have traditionally been used in the making of monuments and memorials, we have looked at granite, marble, sandstone, limestone, bronze, copper, slate, and wood. In this article we will look at the uses of granite for memorial markers, statues, and tombs. … Read More

What Do All Those Symbols Mean on Headstones and Grave Markers?

Engraving of Flowers on a Headstone carved by Woodside Granite

For thousands of years, people have gone to elaborate lengths to commemorate the final resting place of their loved ones and honored leaders.  And while much has changed over millenia, grave markers and monuments are still erected every day in much the same styles and materials.  Stone tombs and monuments, … Read More

Marble vs. Granite Headstones and Grave Markers

four rocks, each made of different material: granite, limestone and other sedimentary rocks

A choice that will last for generations When choosing a headstone, grave marker, or monument to remember a lost loved one it is important to consider the material that will be used.  In cemeteries of the past, marble was a popular choice for monuments and headstones.  Today, granite outnumbers marble … Read More

Memorial Bench Design and Uses

Members of the US armed forces standing at attention among the 184 memorial benches that make up part of the Pentagon Memorial in Washington DC

Memorial Bench Uses:  Traditionally, memorial benches have been used to honor leaders, donors, supporters, or other outstanding community members.  However, memorial benches are becoming more and more popular to remember everyday loved ones who have been lost. Benches can be installed in a local park, hiking trail, or playground.  The … Read More

When You Should Clean or Restore Headstones and Grave Markers

Repaired headstone with fixed crack

While no substance can last forever, there are ways to keep a headstone or grave marker looking respectable, clean and enduring for decades and even centuries to come.   Every year, at Hart Monuments, we get questions by family members who have recently visited the cemetery and noticed signs of … Read More

10 Famous Celebrity Grave Sites

Billy Graham Tombstone

  In life, celebrities capture our hearts and our imaginations.  We dream of being famous singers like Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley.  We live vicariously through our favorite movie stars and cheer for our favorite sports heroes as if they were part of our own family.  It is no wonder, … Read More