Monthly Archives: October 2012

Halloween Night

The Hag, by Robert Herrick, 1648 The Hag is astride, This night for to ride; The Devill and shee together: Through thick, and through thin, Now out, and then in, Though ne’r so foule be the weather. … The storme … Continue reading

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Open Gates

In the Goodwill Cemetery at Loogootee, Indiana, a red granite block marker displays an incised carving of an open gate, a common symbol found in American cemeteries.  The open gates, which are central to the Last Judgment, are opened to … Continue reading

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A Cooper’s Grave

Coopers are those artisans who made barrels, wine casks, buckets, and firkins out of wooden staves that are held together with hoops.  The containers they made were of four distinct types: “Dry” or “slack” containers which were made to hold … Continue reading

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The Morning Glory

The Victorian Era lasted from about 1832 until Queen Victoria’s death in 1903.  The era was an eclectic period in the decorative arts with several styles—Gothic, Tudor, Neoclassical—vying for dominance.  The period was marked by ornamentation.  This was true in … Continue reading

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The Commodore, Steamboats, and Onion Domes

The Commodore, steamboat builder and pilot, Cornelius Kingsland Garrison (March 1, 1809-May 1, 1885) started building his fortune by building steamboats and operating his St. Louis steamboat company.  He went on to make another fortune in banking.  Garrison also served … Continue reading

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Three Leaves and a Hanging Bud

Many funerary motifs represent children–shoes, seedpods, cribs, cherubs–but one of the most common is the hanging bud. The broken bud represents the flower that did not bloom into full blossom, the life that was cut short before it had a … Continue reading

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Steamboat Captains and Evangelists

A large gray monument displaying a steamboat in the Mount Olivet Cemetery at Nashville marks the grave of Thomas Green Ryman, (October 12, 1841-December 23, 1904) one of the most successful steamboat captains in Tennessee history. Ryman built a fleet … Continue reading

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