Category Archives: Mausoleums

What to do with leftover turkey?

The Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving in the fall of 1621. They had made it through a harsh New England winter with a little more than half of the original group having survived it. For three days, the Pilgrims and … Continue reading

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The Temple of Athena

Many ancient classical designs are replicated in American graveyards, often in grand neoclassical mausoleums based on the designs of Greek and Roman temples.  The Greek temple, the Parthenon, is one such example that has been replicated. The temple atop the … Continue reading

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Taphophobia and a telephone

Martin Sheets 1853 – 1926 Susan Sheets 1859 – 1929 Ethel 13 months In the 19th Century there were cases of people who had been found to be buried alive, in fact, one researcher found hundreds of such cases. Out … Continue reading

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Keeping up with the Joneses

The Soper Mausoleum in the Fairmount Cemetery at Denver, Colorado, was commissioned by Susan Soper in honor of her husband, Roger.  The mausoleum is constructed of rusticated sandstone, that is, the sandstone on the sides of the mausoleum are rough … Continue reading

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A Victorian Folly

  The Metarie Cemetery at New Orleans is by most accounts one of the great garden cemeteries in the United States, if such things are rated. The famous, the rich, the infamous, the highly decorated, and the obscure are all … Continue reading

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The Maker of the Modern Mall

The modern-style polished-granite mausoleum in the Fairmount Cemetery at Denver, Colorado, was designed by and built for Temple Hoyne Buell (1895–1990) a noted architect who gained lasting fame for designing the first-ever American shopping mall. Buell was a prolific and … Continue reading

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On a Pedestal, 2

James Dougherty 1815 – 1900 Atop the light pink granite Dougherty Mausoleum in the Laurel Hill Cemetery at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a bronze statue of the bearded and handsomely dressed James Doughtery, an iron foundry owner, prominent citizen, and social … Continue reading

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