I went exploring historical sites and cemeteries with some friends on Saturday. We checked out Civil War and Revolutionary War sites and cemeteries. A lot of the graveyards were on the rivers as that was how people traveled in those days. While wandering through our third cemetery of the day we were each exploring different sections lost in our own thoughts. My one friend was focused on the historical figures buried in the cemetery and the different headstones people had. Another friend was marveling at the age of the trees growing among the headstones. Some trees were well over 150-200 years old. My mind wandered to what life must have been like back in the 1700′s and 1800′s. So many headstones that I walked by had whole families gone within a year of each other or a mother and father outliving all of their children-many who did not make it past two years old. I was drawn to the beautiful sayings and passages on the headstones and some of the carvings. I found one that had a beautiful dove with fruit. I loved being next to the river and among the old stately trees who I am sure could tell some stories. I could have spent all day wandering through the cemetery. It is a family quirk on my Dad’s side. We all do it and are fascinated by the history in graveyards. As my friends and I were leaving the cemetery a man pulled up in a van with Arizona license plates. He got out and asked if we knew where a particular gravesite was. We did not but directed him to the oldest section of the graveyard where we thought it would be. One of my friends thought it was odd he traveled so far to search out a gravesite but I fully understood. I would do the same thing.
Do you ever explore cemeteries? Have you ever found anything that caught your eye-a headstone? A tree? A carving? History? A Person you didn’t know was there?