One might imagine the original architects of the garden cemetery had spring in mind when they laid out such calming and pastoral landscapes. The image ‘Dogwood’ (to the left), taken at Historic Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, would not be nearly as beautiful or serene without the dogwood tree. When garden cemeteries came into being […]
It’s amazing how little respect some people have for the dead. The Boston Globe reports that last month, a group of vandals toppled over 90 headstones at historic Laurel Hill Cemetery in Fitchburg, MA. A photo on the Boston Globe site shows a limestone Civil War memorial lying on its side.
The Austin Chronicle has a good article on the history of Austin’s first city-owned burial grounds as of the mid-1850s – Oakwood Cemetery. Some of the interesting features of the article include social segregation and blunt descriptions of death.
If you ever get the chance to walk through one of the historical garden cemeteries like Laurel Hill in Philly or Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, you’ll find all sorts of elaborate mausoleums and memorials. But some time ago, that went out of fashion for simpler tombstones.
According to Czech website, Radio.cz, a team of 3 Czech cemetery restorers will be working with the US non-profit, Save Our Cemeteries to assess the damages of New Orlean’s cemeteries caused by Hurricane Katrina.