Sunday, March 6, 2011

Cemetery sights

     A few years ago we visited TBG's cousins in Vermont trying to get some more family history done. We visited the Hope cemetery in Barre where some of the most incredible grave stones are located. A lot of stone cutters came from Italy to live in Barre and work at the granite quarries. The amazing part of these stones is that they were carved by hand. TBG's cousin was telling us that some stone cutters worked on their own grave marker for years. Talk about dedication and planning!

We took this picture because of the detail. I love the stitching line, the buttons and the buttonholes. It astounds me that some people have this kind of talent. To see some more amazing stones you can visit this website.  A couple of really notable stones are the couple in bed and the dying man. I liked the soldier smoking a cigarette too. Be sure to check out all the links!





11 comments:

  1. I find cemetaries fascinating. I have just read a book about a cemetary restorer who can see ghosts. It is called The Restorer by Amanda Stevens.

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  2. Wow, I love the detail! I grew up in an old town that boasts an historical cemetery (due to the civil war). One year my teacher took the class, armed with heavy paper and charcoal, to do rubbings on the stones. Really interesting and taught us a lot about our town's place in history.

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  3. Wow! -

    I never liked cemetaries and am going to be cremated, but, I am also facinated by them.

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  4. I too am one who finds cemeteries very interesting. to look at the dates, try to figure out the connections...
    and then the often very interesting memorials. these days they are so dull.

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  5. It seems like an art that is lost in this day and age. There are so many fascinating cemetaries and gravestones out there. Nowadays, I think doing something like this would be too expensive to even consider.

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  6. Those are so incredible!!! Thanks for sharing! We have an old cemetery down the road from us that is tucked away into the trees. My son and I have uncovered some pretty elaborate carvings considering the time.

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  7. It may be morbid but I find cemeteries fascinating and love to look at old headstones. These are just incredible. The one of the couple in bed is amazing. To have that kind of talent would be awesome.

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  8. Lol, that is sure something I have never seen before _)

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  9. What an amazing photo! I've never seen such detailed stonework.

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  10. Impressive work! I love cememteries--the older the better, in my opinion. They're so full of history, and the artwork of the older ones especially can be simply amazing. I love visiting our local Forest Hill Cemetery, which dates back to the Civil War and contains the northernmost Confederate graveyard, as well as stones that date farther back as smaller grave sites were moved there en masse after it was incorporated. I've made numerous posts on it over on my blog. Would love to get back to Pere Lachaise in paris some day...

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