Historic arch is back in good standing in Geneva

It’s said that all the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

But the same cannot be said for an iconic piece that once again stands over a historic city cemetery.

Eight years after a city public works truck inadvertently knocked it down, the cast-iron arch at the entrance to the Washington Street Cemetery has returned.

Friday morning, DPW workers, working with the Wilcox Crane Co., of Rochester, placed the arch back at its original spot at the entrance to the cemetery, whose beginnings date back to 1832. The arch itself dates back to the 1830s or 1840s.

On hand to watch the work was Ford Weiskittel, a Geneva Historical Society member and chairman of the city’s Historic Districts Commission.

He led a fundraising effort through the historical society to raise the money needed to restore and return the arch to the cemetery, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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