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Honoring Those Who Served

Not far outside Bloomington, Indiana, is a small country cemetery.  Like many of the cemeteries in Indiana, the stone carvers’ unique work can be found on the gravestones.  The Mt. Ebal Cemetery has two such stones marking the graves of … Continue reading

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Neo-Classical Angel

The neo-classical angel on this white marble gravestone in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio, looks downward with a sorrowful expression as she leans against the torch, the flames curling at its base.   The beautifully carved bas-relief angel is … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Strikes

During a bad bout of cabin fever, I decided to drive the four hours to Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio, 317 landscaped acres of gravestones, mausoleums, and memorials.  The famous, such as Eddie Rickenbacker and James Thurber, as well … Continue reading

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The Crown and the Angel

Elisabeth L. Roark wrote an article about cemetery angels titled, “Embodying Immortality: Angels in America’s Rural Garden Cemeteries, 1850—1900”, pages 56 – 111, 2007 edition of Markers, XXIV, in which she categorized the eight most commonly found types of graveyard angels—grouped … Continue reading

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In 1959, MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) released the epic film, Ben-Hur, which was the most expensive motion picture produced up to that time—costing slightly over 15 million dollars!  As the expression goes, it had a cast of thousands, literally.  10,000 extras were … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Tree Stump Family Plot

T. S. LLOYD SEPT. 26, 1860 – Jan. 14, 1916 Frances C. Lloyd Feb. 28, 1855 – June 15, 1924 A fellow graveyard enthusiast and reader of the blog reminded me of the Lloyd Family Plot in the famed Hollywood … Continue reading

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A Union Soldier’s Tree Stump Monument

JACOB S. McCANN BORN NOV. 26, 1831. DIED SEPT. 8, 1893. MEMBER OF CO H. 196 OHIO VOL. A friend to his country, and a believer in Christ. No other war was like the American Civil War for Americans because … Continue reading

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The Rustic Movement and the Tree Stump Gravestone

JAMES H. HALL BORN OCT. 8, 1814 – DIED SEPT. 14, 1891 EMMA WIFE OF J. H. HALL BORN APR. 17, 1817 – DIED AUG. 24, 1903 CLAY HALL BORN MAR. 1, 1844 – DIED NOV. 10, 1900 CATHERINE B. … Continue reading

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Carrara Angel

LOUISA PORTER BORN JULY 10TH 1807 DIED AUGUST 5TH 1888 Even though, many famous people are buried in the Laurel Grove Cemetery (North) in Savannah, Georgia, the Louisa Porter grave site is one of the most visited and photographed monuments … Continue reading

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Happy Easter

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