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post #1 of 27
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Skippymjp's thread got me to thinking about graveyards and, since it is the season, I wondered if anyone else likes old graveyards or has a favorite. My favorite is one a block away from where I grew up. I used to ride my bike or take walks through it all the time when I was younger. The tombstones fascinated me and taught me a lot about the history of my town. It dates back to early to mid 1800's and there is even some that served in the Revolutionary war buried there.

http://www.judgedavidlynn.com/Rose_Hill_Cemetery.htm

If you click on the link to "vistin Rose Hill" you will see more of the old tombstones, along with a few of the crypts. There is also a musoleum there, but that is only open to family members.

It's actually very quiet (obviously) and peaceful. In the fall, it's common to see deer grazing around the grave markers. But, it IS kind of spooky at night!
post #2 of 27
There is also a Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, GA. It is where Duane Allman is buried. The song by the Allman Brothers "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" refers to a woman's grave that was nearby to the place they used to gather in the cemetery to drink.
I have a dear friend buried in a church plot in SC that has some amazing headstones. Some described detailed battles that the person fought in during the Civil War.
There is one in Augusta, Ga that I used to go to to get away from living people and think. My daughter is a photographer for the local paper, and has gotten some amazing pics from there.
I wish there was one close by I could go to to just sit or read the stones, but here they are mostly pretty new, and not that interesting.
post #3 of 27
Besides visiting relations buried there, I like looking at the artwork and other items on gravestones at Oak Hill Cemetery in Evansville, Indiana.
http://www.evansvillegov.org/cemeteries/

Being into genealogy, one learns to love cemeteries.
post #4 of 27
My husband has a Generation III night vision scope with infa-red. We go to the cemetery and ghost watch. We have seen some unexplained things out there! We will go Oct 31 again.
post #5 of 27
Without a doubt
http://www.benjerry.com/halloween/flavor_graveyard.cfm

From Russia with Buzz was my favorite...sigh... : )
post #6 of 27
This is where I'm going on Halloween!

http://www.weirdca.com/location.php?location=2

I love walking through old graveyards!
post #7 of 27
Well, actually, my favorite cemetery is the one at Trinity Place in NYC. I have been there to see the grave of Alexander Hamilton and it is interesting because it is in the heart of Wall Street.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity...hyard_Cemetery

Then my girl friend and co-worker were in New Orleans on business and we went on a tour of a famous cemetery. It is a Catholic cemetery but there are lots of voodoo things on the graves. The dead have to be buried in mausoleums above ground because otherwise the bodies would float down the Mississippi because New Orleans is below sea level.

http://goneworleans.about.com/od/fam...Cemetaries.htm

I guess my favorite cemetery is one in Ithaca, NY where I went to college because it was cool. I mean temperature wise. I used to go there to study for finals when it was hot because it was quiet, there were trees and the grass was lush and watered.

Okay, I have had a bad day today. I usually don't dwell on cemeteries.
post #8 of 27
Umm none! They kinda creep me out!
post #9 of 27
I love any graveyard and love to read the headstones, especially the really old ones
post #10 of 27
I like the Jewish Cemetary right across the street from me. The graves go back to the 1700s and every Halloween I keep hoping I'll see a ghost over there. (GGGGGGGG).
post #11 of 27
In the town where I live there is one of the most historic graveyars in Canada "Ye olde Burying Ground" dates early 1800 and is a important local historic site. my hometown is also the site of the last Fatal Duel in Canada. The graveyard was recently vandalized and quite a bit of damage incured, I was proud that the people in the area came together and helped clean up the mess.
http://perthcourier.com/PerthCourier/article/6082

My other favorite cemetary is at Grant this is where my dad's family is burried includeing most recently my Grandmother, grandfather and Uncle. it is in the middle of the rose forrest and is a very scary lonely place. The church no longer stands just the graveyard surrounded by trees.
http://www.ghosttownpix.com/ontario/towns/grant.html
post #12 of 27
The local cemetery where I grew up holds quite a lot of interest for me. It is not exactly a family cemetery but I would say at least 3/4 of the people buried there are related to me somehow.
It is like a genealogy lesson to visit considering I have both my parents there.
Grandparents, on both sides, Great-grandparents from both sides, and Great-great grandparents from both sides.
The thing is stories are handed down about the people from generation to generation. Like how my great-uncle Lou wasn't to bright but he could sure play the fiddle. Or how great-great Grampa John was crushed by a log when he was 21 and walked with canes all his life.
It's a historical archive really.
post #13 of 27
I posted this on the other thread so I'll link it here.

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=179089
post #14 of 27
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Without a doubt
http://www.benjerry.com/halloween/flavor_graveyard.cfm

From Russia with Buzz was my favorite...sigh... : )
I wondered what kind of graveyard was called "benjerry"...Ok, I'm a bit slow today!

At least I know I'm not completely morbid or alone in my fascination. My mom always thought I was "troubled" because I liked to hang out in the cemetery . I don't know if she thought I was into satanic worship or raising the dead or what. She just didn't understand that I liked to read the old headstones and wonder about the people and what their lives were like. And, I think they would appriciate being thought about after such a long time.
post #15 of 27
I love Mt. Auburn Cemetary in Cambridge, MA. It's beautiful and has lots of historically significant graves and tombs. There is a tower you can climb up and the view is incredible. Gorgeous this time of year!

http://www.mountauburn.org/
post #16 of 27
My all-time favorite is the cemetery in Skagway, Alaska. There is a grave there with a big tombstone of the guy who shot Soapy Smith but also died in the fight. It says, "He gave his life for the honor of Skagway." Right next to it is the grave of one of the working girls. It says, "She gave her honor for the life of Skagway."

Lots of interesting graves there.
post #17 of 27
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Skippymjp's thread got me to thinking about graveyards and, since it is the season, I wondered if anyone else likes old graveyards or has a favorite.
As a world traveller, I can attest that the very best graveyards are in Transylvania. Spending a midnight in a sleeping bag in a Transylvanian graveyard gives one new perspective on life!
post #18 of 27
My father was deeply into history, and we visited a lot of graveyards whenever we traveled... but I don't remember a particular favorite. Now Papa is buried at the DFW National Cemetery (military, like Arlington National Cemetery near DC), and I always like to read the inscriptions on other graves when we go to visit him.

There are very tight restrictions on the length, but people still manage to convey a lot about the personalities of the departed. So far, my favorite inscription is for a Sgt who would have been the right age to be a hippie... his stone reads:

SAW THE WORLD
GAVE IT A SMILE

post #19 of 27
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I love Mt. Auburn Cemetary in Cambridge, MA. It's beautiful and has lots of historically significant graves and tombs. There is a tower you can climb up and the view is incredible. Gorgeous this time of year!

http://www.mountauburn.org/
You are right, it is a beautiful cemetery! Our daughter was born in Mt. Auburn Hospital (also an awesome place - my husband and I had a catered dinner together the last night at the hospital before bringing our baby home! We could have even ordered wine but I was on too many pain-killers so I declined, lol.)
post #20 of 27
I love walking through cemeteries. One of my favorites in the Chicago area is Mt. Carmel where Al Capone is buried. There's tons of opulent masoleums and an area with pictures of the person as they appeared deceased on the headstone. Creepy but cool!
post #21 of 27
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I love walking through cemeteries. One of my favorites in the Chicago area is Mt. Carmel where Al Capone is buried. There's tons of opulent masoleums and an area with pictures of the person as they appeared deceased on the headstone. Creepy but cool!
Don't they have one in chicago where there are stories of the lady in white? I think that one is on haunted america site.
post #22 of 27
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Skippymjp's thread got me to thinking about graveyards and, since it is the season, I wondered if anyone else likes old graveyards or has a favorite.
This one;


I took this shot from one of the artillery revetments of Ft Williams, and partially restored Civil War Fort in Glasgow, KY. The graveyard is the Glasgow Municipal Cemetery. A little to the right of the photo you can see a spire monument. That is the grave of General Joseph Lewis, who commanded Kentucky's famous "Orphan Brigade", so named because they did not surrender with Kentucky, but went south to fight with other confederate commands.

Here's where it gets interesting. Around Lewis' grave, are the graves of 9 Union soldiers, buried only 700 feet from where they made their gallant last stand. They all died defending the very spot that I took the picture from. The fort was attacked on October 6th, 1863. Unknown to the defenders of the fort, Col Hughes and his confederates captured a 50 man detachment from the fort that was camped at the Glasgow square, and also a 30 man patrol from the fort, over half his men. Hughes then attacked the fort directly, and it's commander, Major Martin, sent a rider toward Glasgow to summon the men that he didn't know were already prisoners. He told his men that that must hold until the reinforcements arrive.

People that visit the fort in the early evening have supposedly seen shadows that just seemed out of place, just out of the corner of their eye, just for a moment. And they're heard sounds such as pickets walking their posts, metallic clicks like a patch box or some such item. Even a cough now and then, like someone was fending off the cool October air.

They say that those brave 9 are there still, holding the fort, waiting for the detachment from Glasgow, that never came, and never will.
post #23 of 27
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Don't they have one in chicago where there are stories of the lady in white? I think that one is on haunted america site.
Yes, it's Resurrection Cemetery in the southwest side of Chgo. "Resurrection Mary" reportedly waits on the main road nearby, hitches a ride, and asks to be taken to the main cemetery gates, where she gets out of the car and disappears. My mother told me her cousin had once picked up Mary. I went on a bus tour of area "haunted" sites many years ago; it was very interesting!
post #24 of 27
Green Hill Cemetery in Bedford, Indiana is known for monuments done by local limestone artisans. The one I recall hearing most about is the one which is for a carver. It is his worktable exactly how he left it before the weekend he died.
post #25 of 27
There are alot of graveyards in my area one a mile from my house and my grandparents on my dad's side are buried there and I love going there. Makes you feel out of place to read all of the old tombstones and a good deal of them are relatives of mine. There is one set of a husband and a wife and on the wife's it says murdered and on the husband's suicide and it makes you wonder what could have happened to cause such a horrible thing. And there is a grave of a kid I grew up with and his parents had his truck and everything carved on it and a picture of a boy riding his fourwheeler to the gates of heaven. And there is one in Paducah that I want to go see I have passed it before but never been into it. I remember I was with a friend and we drove by it and I had been looking at something and looked up and said this place is haunted and he looked at his girlfriend and see I told you so. Its near the murals on the river front and the old train engine that is on display by them but I don't know the name of the cemetary right off hand. But it is said to be very haunted possibly by something demonic
post #26 of 27
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Yes, it's Resurrection Cemetery in the southwest side of Chgo. "Resurrection Mary" reportedly waits on the main road nearby, hitches a ride, and asks to be taken to the main cemetery gates, where she gets out of the car and disappears. My mother told me her cousin had once picked up Mary. I went on a bus tour of area "haunted" sites many years ago; it was very interesting!
My grandmother is actually buried there! I recall hearing the story, but didn't relate it to that cemetery.

My favorite is the original Boot Hill Cemetery in Deadwood Arizona. That was the town of the famous shoot out at OK Corral and they are all buried there. My favorite headstone (which is actually sold on a post card). Here lies Lester Moore. No Les, no more.

My second favorite is Arlington Cemetery. My grandfather is inurned there and I attended his service in 1996. I don't know if he got the service that he got because he was a full bird colonel, but they did the full marching band, horse drawn cason, the riderless horse with the boots in the stirrups, and the 21 gun salute. As I walked behind the parade, it was being videotaped by tourists. I would love to have a copy of those.
post #27 of 27
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This one;


I took this shot from one of the artillery revetments of Ft Williams, and partially restored Civil War Fort in Glasgow, KY. The graveyard is the Glasgow Municipal Cemetery. A little to the right of the photo you can see a spire monument. That is the grave of General Joseph Lewis, who commanded Kentucky's famous "Orphan Brigade", so named because they did not surrender with Kentucky, but went south to fight with other confederate commands.

Here's where it gets interesting. Around Lewis' grave, are the graves of 9 Union soldiers, buried only 700 feet from where they made their gallant last stand. They all died defending the very spot that I took the picture from. The fort was attacked on October 6th, 1863. Unknown to the defenders of the fort, Col Hughes and his confederates captured a 50 man detachment from the fort that was camped at the Glasgow square, and also a 30 man patrol from the fort, over half his men. Hughes then attacked the fort directly, and it's commander, Major Martin, sent a rider toward Glasgow to summon the men that he didn't know were already prisoners. He told his men that that must hold until the reinforcements arrive.

People that visit the fort in the early evening have supposedly seen shadows that just seemed out of place, just out of the corner of their eye, just for a moment. And they're heard sounds such as pickets walking their posts, metallic clicks like a patch box or some such item. Even a cough now and then, like someone was fending off the cool October air.

They say that those brave 9 are there still, holding the fort, waiting for the detachment from Glasgow, that never came, and never will.

Thank you so much for sharing this story and photo! This is just the kind of history that fascinated my father, and I've come to love it, too. My father always said that people aren't really dead as long someone remembers them... so it's good to keep these stories alive, I think.
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