This Summer, Take Part in the Fine Old Pandemic Tradition of Graveyard Outings

From an article by Matthew Moyer in the Orlando (Florida) Weekly:

 

“Put on your copy of Disintegration or The Flood to pregame, get that cat’s eye eyeliner just right, hair carefully sculpted and black umbrella in hand, you’re on your way not to the goth club, but a leisurely afternoon at the cemetery!

“But the good news is that you don’t have to be of the gothic persuasion to enjoy an invigorating conversation in the graveyard; this is actually a recreational tradition going back more than 100 years. At a time when we’re looking for more variety in our socially distanced outdoor activities – the beach is just too crowded, and we don’t have what it takes for a lengthy nature hike – a saunter in a local cemetery is a nice way to while away a lazy summer day.”

You can read the full article at https://bit.ly/2Yu7p05.

I might also suggest you take along a smartphone or some similar computing device to take pictures and upload the text on tombstones to both BillionGraves and Find a Grave. That will help future genealogists, many of whom are located too far away to visit the cemetery.

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During my working years I travelled through California for work purposes often by car. My rest stops were usually planned around cemeteries although I don’t have any family buried in the state. In Puerto Rico I have visited several including my home town where I went to visit my family and my mother’s home town. Unfortunately most those photos were lost and now I don’t plan to return.

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When I was growing up in Chicago in the 1950’s we often went for walks in the nearby cemeteries – especially the huge Bohemian National Cemetery that had beautiful monuments, statues, and landscaping throughout. There were several large parks in that area as well, but the cemeteries were the most relaxing to visit.

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I have a relative with a marble tombstone broken like George Eastmans. The repair isn’t pretty,but looks easy. Can you give more details, the back side, and how the round rod is attached to angle braces ? Thanks.

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Our town doesn’t have a city park, so our cemetery…with its paved paths and shade trees…serves the purpose for those who like to walk. My husband and I have made good use of it during the past few months. (Easy to social distance.) During the last walk, I found a cluster of old graves that were great examples of old time grave art.

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Sacramento California has a really large historic cemetery from the early days, very organized with beautiful trees, flowers, stones and stautues, walkways and benches, etc. There is also a group of volunteers who dress in costume and give tours of some of the burials here i..e. as in Crocker, Hamilton and Sutter, some are famous, and some are just very interesting. And it’s on Broadway and 10th, free and open to the public. And to think I just found one of my own last summer, Capt. Samuel C. Deal (1822-1895), an early detective from Gold Rush days. He was Lieutenant of the police force as gambling and houses of disrepute were extensive with nightly occurrences from prominent citizens who had left their families thousands of miles away and felt no moral restraint. Now we have Findagrave which can be a wonderful research tool with photos of the stones and memorials. That’s a whole other topic.
Some videos are on line and they have a research center.
http://www.OldCityCemetery.com 916-448-0811

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I’m 91 now but when I was a girl, my Mother would pack a lunch and gardening tools and we would go to St. Adalbert’s cemetery in Niles, Il. near Chicago, at least once every Spring/Summer.. Near there was a florist from whom we would buy flowers.
Then we would go to the family graves and plant the flowers (it was allowed in those days) and we kids would get the water from variously placed spigots for the flowers. Then we’d have our picnic lunch, walk around and visit graves of friends and relatives, learn who they were and something about them from my Mother, and then stop for ice cream at the dairy ice cream parlor near the cemetery on the way home. It was always an enjoyable day. She was a very busy woman with her career but she always took a day for the Cemetery Outing.

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