Perched at one end of Physick's tomb, Conner, 52, recalled sitting in the same spot as a second-grader on a class trip to the cemetery. Coincidentally, he said, he had picked that place to plunk down and eat his lunch, declaring to classmates, "my great-great-great-grandfather is buried around here somewhere."
"I turned around," he said, pointing at the inscription on the other end of the tomb, "and there it was." The kids could hardly believe it.
The restoration of the cemetery represents the belief that "this is hallowed ground," said the Rev. Tim Safford, rector of the church, which was attended by John Adams, Betsy Ross and George Washington.