The road through the cemetery.
North Burial Ground 3/26/22
A Guide To Exploring Cemeteries
If you remember one thing, remember respect. It does not take kindly to being slighted.
Always go when the sun is high. There’s a reason they close the gates to the cemetery at night.
Go in a group or go alone, it doesn’t matter. If you offend it there’s no group large enough to save you.
If you must examine the headstones, remember it’s rude to gawk.
Never, ever touch a gravestone unless you wish to stay forever. The statues had to get there somehow, after all.
You will see mausoleums carved into the hillside that seem to house something more than mere human remains. Whatever you do, keep walking. It’s still rude to gawk.
Don’t go too close to the creek. If you see the gravestones leaning towards it, that means it’s hungry. It’ll eat you too if you’re not careful.
You might see wild raspberries growing in the brambles by the path. Do not eat them. They’re not for you.
Cemetery birds will not balk at your passing by. They won’t get out of your way, so go around them. If you scare one you will regret it.
If you get tired, you may sit and rest. Do not linger, and never fall asleep. If you fall asleep it won’t let you wake up.
Don’t trust anyone you didn’t come in with, especially not the wardens. They’re too far gone, you cannot help them.
It will pull you in, urging you to go just a bit further up the path, just a little deeper into it’s home. It’s okay to entertain it for a little while, but never overstay your welcome. You’ll know if you do.
The deer is the only warning you’ll get to turn back. Remember, it’s rude to gawk. Simply tip your hat and turn around.
Take nothing, save for pictures if you must. If you leave something behind, do not go back for it. It wants to make you stay too long. Do not let it.
You may feel a heaviness come over you as you leave through the gates. This means it’s taken a liking to you. Be extra cautious if you come again, because it’ll want to keep you next time.
Oak Hill Cemetery, 2019
This was the perfect spot to read a book and go immerse yourself in nature and get away from it all.
Oak Hill Cemetery is a historic 22-acre (8.9 ha) cemetery located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., in the United States. It was founded in 1848 and completed in 1853, and is a prime example of a rural cemetery. Many famous politicians, business people, military people, diplomats, and philanthropists are buried at Oak Hill, and the cemetery has a number of Victorian-style memorials and monuments. Oak Hill has two structures which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Oak Hill Cemetery Chapel and the Van Ness Mausoleum.
The cemetery's interment of "Willie" Lincoln, deceased son of president Abraham Lincoln, was the inspiration for the Man Booker Prize-winning novel Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.
Upstate NY has tons of little roadside cemeteries, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, which were for one or two local families who would own farms nearby. I used to pass by this one when I dropped my kids off at the babysitter.
What is Your Origin Story?
What is Your Origin Story?
Origin: the point or place where something begins, arises, or is derived.or·i·gin
Its simplicity at its finest… where does someone come from?
I used to joke with people and say “my mom!” followed by a lengthy laugh. Sometime around 33-years of age I decided to visit the “homelands” of my American ancestors. It’s smack dab in the middle of farming country in Central America, a short distance…
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Section 94. Albany Rural Cemetery was established in 1841. It is one of the oldest cemeteries in America that follows the so called rural or garden movement. Other examples of this type of cemetery would be places like Mount Auburn, located in Cambridge MA, Greenwood, located in Brooklyn NY, Woodlawn, found in Bronx NY or Cedar Hill in Hartford CT, all of which I have featured on my blog at one time or another. There are beautiful old memorials from both the 19th and 20th centuries to be found on these hallowed grounds and this place is immense. Of course I’m drawn to the older monuments and graves along with the sections that look overgrown and rundown. There’s many historic graves from the Civil War, Statesmen and even a President-Chester A Arthur, 21st president of the United States. I haven’t visited here in 4 years so in some ways it was like I was seeing it for the first time though I did remember some of the memorials that I’d seen before.
Albany Rural Cemetery
Menands NY 12/14/21
and the birds sing, and the sky turns black, and at that point you wonder if you can ever go back.