A headstone missing 150 years turned up in a Michigan woman’s kitchen. She had been using it to make fudge.
An estate sale near Lansing, Michigan, turned up a truly shocking artifact when an auctioneer discovered a graveyard headstone among a client’s kitchen—yes, kitchen—items. The homeowner had for years used the smooth side of the marble gravestone slab as a hard surface to make her seasonal fudge. It was only when she moved to a care facility for Alzheimer’s, and her family enlisted the auctioneer’s services, that the strange discovery was made. Neither she nor her family members said they could figure how or when the gravestone-turned-fudge-board came into her possession. The auctioneer alerted a local historic cemetery preservation group to the find, and they began a search for any possible living relatives, CNN reports. They couldn’t find any, but they did locate the headstone-less grave in Lansing’s Mount Hope Cemetery. It seems that when Peter J. Weller died in 1849 his family buried him in Oak Park Cemetery. But when his grave was moved in 1875, his headstone never made it. Fudge-making is certainly one way to give worn items new life. Nearly 150 years later, Weller’s grave and headstone—which the preservation group restored—have been reunited.