|Cemetery on the Isle of Shoals, 8 miles off the coast of New Hampshire/Maine|
|Small cemetery, Round Pond, Maine|
|The body of John Paul Jones lies in a crypt, Naval|
Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
|Fredericksburg Cemetery, filled with the soldiers killed there in 1862|
|Two were pressed (crushed) to death by piling|
rocks. All the rest were hung.There were no
witches burned at the stake, contrary to
|A private citizen's grave marker, some|
40 feet high. Elmwood Cemetery,
|"Here lyes buried.." Death battles the Angel. Boston, MA|
|Above ground vaults in Charleston, S.C.|
|Hampton, VA. Large statue honoring the deaths of the Confederate soldiers.|
|"Here rest dear dust till christ shall come. And raise the |
body from the tomb, A glorious body like his own, ........
you near hisheavenly throne." Isle of Shoals.
|Parish church of St. Augustine from 1572 until 1702. |
Church and cemetery built according to Spanish
Ordinances, "so that it may be seen upon leaving the
sea, and in a place where it can serve as
a defense of the port.
I always look for the oldest markers within a graveyard. I look at the ages of the deceased, their relationships to those in the surrounding plots and hints about how those people came to live in that area.
|Cholera Cemetery 1850's. Epidemic killed|
~100, buried in mass grave.
|Green Turtle Cay, Abacos, Bahamas. Many stones display|
likeness of deceased.
|Sculpture remembering imprisoned|
Japanese-Americans in Portland, OR
I enjoy finding the language used on the stones to describe the deceased or to honor their memory.
|Bahamian grave marker. ".....'Ole Mutton'" An endearment|
|New York City graveyard|
I draw inferences about wealth and relative standing in the community from the size of the headstones, the elegant designs and the walls around family plots,
|"She is not dead but sleepeth."|
|Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, TN|
When I see these, then I like to look for the outliers, the markers that are different from the others. I wonder, who was this person whose family defied the norms of the day by a unique burial.
|"Elder William Brewster, Patriarch of the Pilgrims and their Ruling Elder 1609-1644. |
Outstanding leader of Pilgrim Movement, the founding of Plimouth Plantation and the
establishment of civil and religious liberty in the New World."
|Elvis Presley's grave at Graceland. 600,000 |
people visit annually. Many thousands
gather there on the anniversary of his death.
"Paul Revere Buried in This Ground"....
"May the youth of today when they visit
this old house (Revere's house) be inspired
with the patriotism of Paul Revere."
|Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis. The site of |
actors to portray residents of the graveyard.
A very old graveyard in Memphis is annually the site of popular theatre. Actors pose as some of the more colorful residents of that place. A fascinating afternoon!
|The four bricks on the right serve as a |
common grave marker. No name or
other information is usually available.
I feel especially rewarded when I find graves marking those who in life would have held little status. Historically, slaves would have been buried in separate locations some distance from the graves of their white masters’. It seems rare, to me at any rate, to find an entire slave graveyard.
|The burial vault of George Washington at Mount Vernon, VA.|
|"In memory of the many faithful colored servants of the |
Washington family buried at Mount Vernon.
|"Captain James Hicks" officer of the |
Confederate Navy. described as an
"unselfish patriot, and a pure christian
and man of exemplary honor."
|Burial Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Many of the original Mayflower passengers are buried here.|
|A single headstone along the Columbia|
River marks the burial of an early
explorer to the Gorge.
|New Orleans cemetery. Above ground vaults encourage|
decomposition quickly, allowing for additional burials
in the same vault the following year.
|Thomas Jefferson's gravestone at Monticello.|
In this area around Oriental, NC, where we spending some weeks this summer, we have counted 8 small graveyards on the 24 mile drive to New Bern. None of them are associated with any church. I have avoided walking through any of them because they are close to homes.
|Our rear wheel blocked from falling off the ferry.|
|Old Burying Ground, Beaufort, NC|
|Wrought iron gate, in Somes, Maine. |
Similar to the one in Rooster Valley,