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30 December 2009 @ 09:00 am
just a few shots, and the link to my ever growing album:

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09 May 2009 @ 01:52 pm
Stone carved to look like wood is one of my favorite things in a cemetery..thought I'd share some of my favorite pics thereof.

Lil stumpy thing 'growing' out of the stone base, taken at Mountain Home Cemetery in Kalamazoo, MI:

This is the only one I've ever seen that looks like stacked logs (back view):

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Also, I hope the mods don't mind if I mention this here (checked the user info & didn't see any rules against it), but for those of you over on Dreamwidth, I made a group there called Cemetery Photos, so if you have an account over there, stop by & share some pics. :)

x-posted..sorry if you see this more than once!
Current Location: San Jose, CA
Current Mood: good
Current Music: ELO - Turn to Stone
02 November 2008 @ 04:33 pm

If you have an interest in cemeteries, burial customs, preservation and the like, especially in the Philadelphia area, please come check out the Philly Graveyard Rabbit blog at http://phillygraveyardrabbit.blogspot.com .   (You can also friend us here on LJ, too, but updates won't be as frequent or interesting.)   ;)

(There are also other area graveyard rabbits, so check out the main graveyard rabbit site (www.thegraveyardrabbit.com) to locate your hometown graveyard rabbit, if you want.)

x-posted like mad.  Hope to see you there!
29 October 2008 @ 11:40 pm
Sunday I went to a 'gothic cemetery walk' at Tampa's oldest cemetery, Oaklawn, established in 1850. It was wonderful! Our guide, Maureen Patrick of the Tampa Historical Society, dressed in Victorian-era widow's dress and gave the tour as Miss Prudence Fipwhistle, born 1844 and died 1899. Here are but a sampling of the pictures (and there's a LOT! Click on the pic to zoom in :)

Ms. Patrick's outfit was simply EXQUISITE. Although it was nice outside, she must have been baking in it!

One note - the newer, square graves actually replaced the original wooden ones. There were more, but the Historical Society replaced ones that were legible.

Also, there is a section of the cemetery that appears to be empty, but is actually a mass grave that was dug for the victims of yellow fever, as there was an epidemic back in the 1800s.

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There are lots more pics, but I'll post more tomorrow. Or, provide a link to my Myspace album :)
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20 October 2008 @ 10:36 am
The Tampa Historical Society is having their annual 'Gothic Cemetery Walk' at Oaklawn Cemetery, downtown Tampa.

Here's info from the City of Tampa web site:

October 2, 2008 - Get ready for Halloween with friends: new, old, and dead. Historian/actor Maureen Patrick is the guide for an always factual, often touching, frequently hilarious walking tour of Oaklawn Cemetery, Tampa's Victorian-era graveyard. The tour takes place at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 26, 2008. Oaklawn Cemetery is located at 606 E. Harrison Street.

The burying ground, founded in 1850, is the City’s final resting place for many early area notables, including 13 mayors, veterans of seven wars, and victims of five yellow fever epidemics. Elegant 19th century grave art, moss-hung oaks, and winding brick pathways give Oaklawn a gothic feel, while tombstone epitaphs range from the genteel to the ridiculous. Patrick will appear in elaborate nineteenth century mourning attire, in the character of Miss Prudence Fipwhistle (born 1855, died 1899.)

A $5 donation is requested at the tour’s end and benefits Tampa Historical Society, a 501(c) 3 organization. For more information, please call (813) 831-5214 or e-mail: info@historicguides.com.

Here's a guide to cemeteries run by the City of Tampa.
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22 September 2008 @ 06:09 pm
Tampa's 2nd oldest cemetery, founded in 1888. HUGE. I had to go back for another outing, and there's still more. Very picturesque, took mostly photos of graves from the late 1800s - early 1900s. I must have taken close to 300 pictures in all - and I STILL haven't seen the whole cemetery!

You can find them all at my Myspace album here.

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16 September 2008 @ 08:46 pm
So I took some pics of Marti/Colon Cemetery here in Tampa - hope you like!

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16 September 2008 @ 11:56 am
This is my first post after lurking for some time. I've been in love with cemeteries my entire life, so it's great to know that there are others like me.

Has anyone ever come upon an epitaph like this: