Friday, August 10, 2012

I See Dead People





Welcome EBEW.  I thought we might deviate from the usual cute dresses and shoes (but my monochromatic black dress is kind of cute isn't it? We'll talk about that later). Today, I'd like to show you something really interesting...a cemetery.  My name is Sheila and I'll be your tour guide.
Virginia is one of the oldest states in the union, and therefore, has some pretty old graveyards and I've come to have a real liking for them since moving here. Don't be afraid, come take a look.












 Before we begin, let me just say, we'll be keeping to the older part of the cemetery. The grave of a 32 year old who died in 2009 gives off a completely different vibe than that of a 32 year old that died in 1894.
Let's try to be as respectful as possible; no smoking, spitting or littering (it makes a mess when the lawn mower runs over it) and please turn off all cell phones.
Let's begin, shall we? Follow me...




















What I really like about this old cemetery and all old cemeteries in general, is the way time and the elements have weathered the tombstones, making them lean this way and that. Look at this fleur de lis fencing. Isn't it great?

All right now, let's move on. Try to stick together.
Who can find the oldest grave or the oldest person? I know I'm contradicting myself, because earlier I said  I don't like recent graves, but Ms. Roberta Fletcher here is really a person to ponder. She lived through all the major wars, saw a horse and buggy evolve into a sleek automobile, the invention of the computer, cell phone and microwave, watched hem lines rise and fall, experienced segregation in one way or another and the election of an African American president. I suspect that Ms. Fletcher was thinking ahead and bought her plot quite some time ago and chose a spot in this part of the cemetery while there was still space available. 





While Ms. Fletcher was one month short of 106 years, little George Lawrence was one month short of a year...









Hark! Hooe goes there? he he. It's also amusing to look for quirky sir names. These are the most unusual I've found here.











Surprisingly, I think more about the lives of those resting here as opposed to their deaths. I wonder if they were happy? What they would think of the world today? What did they do for a living? If I'd known them, would I have liked them? Would they have liked me? What would the ladies have thought of my maxi I got on clearance at Sears? They might have approved of the length, but the neckline would be positively shocking!









Well, folks, this is where the tour ends. I'm off to another graveyard. You're welcome to stay and explore  some more. I suggest you not wonder off alone and don't stay too late. The gates are closed and locked at dark...

See ya back here on Monday at
Patti's and  Monday Mingle .





29 comments:

  1. loving this cemetery post! I find them to be strangely calming. I live two blocks from one and walk by pretty frequently no matter where I am headed

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    1. Thanks Nico. This one is very nice and peaceful.

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  2. Even though I understand the thought behind your post, boooooooy Shelia it still gives me the willies!!! LOL!! Cemeteries even in the day time give me the chills!!! I do like the maxi dress though, you have really taken a liking to them and that's great!! :-)



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    1. It's the live folks you have to worry about Carsedra. LOL!

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  3. What a nice post. I love cemeteries for their sense of history and personal lives. Plus, they're beautiful as these photos show. And nice dress!

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  4. Thanks Ally. They really are beautiful. This one is well taken care of, some aren't so.

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  5. Sheila, I love this post. Where do I start? Your pictures and humor are perfect, you and your dress are gorgeous (!!!) and you've captured so well the feelings and thoughts I have when I visit cemeteries. Like you, imagining all the changes that the last several generations have seen, how it would feel to lose numerous children because medical care was not as advanced, etc etc.

    I recently attended the burial of an elderly family friend on Joey's side. He was interred in the same cemetery as Joey's grandparents and other relatives. We left the gravesite and went over to the family plot. Being there somehow eased some of the sadness we were all feeling, and tied his passing into the greater stream of life.

    As you say, many of them are beautiful, too. Thank you for sharing this one. I felt the beauty and peace, and was reminded to step back and reflect on the here and now, as well as the "hereafter". I wonder if Ms. Fletcher was a "dresser"? I'd like to think so!!

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    1. I bet if Ms. Fletcher were alive today she'd have a blog!

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  6. Sheila --LOVE the dress-you look fabulous!! what color is it??
    I adore old cememtaries--espcially semi-abandoned ones. We have several here in town that are pre-revolutionary war era. I often wonder about the stories of the people resting there.
    When I was a kid my great-grandmother and i would walk to the presbyterian cemetary where many of our family was buried. We'd tidy up the graves or put freash fake flowers on. she would tell me stories about the people buried there.
    "Over there was 2 little boys who go stuck in a storm and died when lightening hit their wagon (1940's) Over there is the graves of a family that died when there christmas tree caught fire (1920's) and other there is the grave of a mother with her baby on her breast surrounded by the graves of her children who all died in infancy"
    glad to see I'm not the only one who likes cemetaries!

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    1. I'm glad to know others like them too Tamera. I wasn't sure if I'd have any blog friends left after this post!
      Folks are pretty good about keeping grave sites tidy. Even the oldest ones have flowers.

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  7. I love old cemeteries. My mom has framed tombstone etchings she did of old family stones; they're amazing. Thanks for the guide!

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  8. What a cool idea for a post! And your pictures look so beautiful!

    I used to live right beside a giant graveyard. It's really cool because there is a huge Asian population where I live and they actually had little huts set up where the ashes would be inside. They looked like mini houses but were extremely elaborate. There were also closed off gardens with all sorts of cool statues inside. Truly amazing to walk thru but you wouldn't catch be there at night! :)

    Loving the maxi on you!

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    1. Thanks Christina. I'd love to see a cemetery like you mentioned.

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  9. Funny post! Thanks for the tour!
    I don't like cemeteries...heard too many scary stories growing up.
    You on the other hand, look fabulous is your maxi!

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  10. I had no idea that so many people were afraid of cemeteries! Wish I could show you some of the good ones that I visit. I find them peaceful and full of wonderful stories and history.

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  11. Wonderful photo essay, Sheila. I too love old cemeteries and wonder about the folks resting there. You look terrific, BTW in your black dress, just right for a tour!

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  12. Great article and title. I was really wondering what this posts could be about from the title. You look great too!

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  13. This was like reading a short story, complete with pictures! And you look perfectly placed in that dress, in that setting. Nice job. Interestingly enough, I recently posed myself on site at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago. Nowhere near as entertainingly as you have, but still, it's not your usual style blogger's venue.

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  14. You would make the perfect tour guide, and your sense of humor would charm the crowd in a second. I think that graveyards are intriguing and mysterious; they remind us of our mortality and the short time we have to make the most of each moment. I like what you did with the black and white photos in the post, and your dress is gorgeous.

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  15. Hi Sheila - I almost didn't read your post because the title was scary! but I'm glad I did. You have some wonderful pics and I could just picture myself following you around the tombstones! Great Post!

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  16. LOVE the dress & your attitude, and a cemetary is a great backdrop!

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  17. Love it, can't wait to see what you do next! Come check out my blog, maybe we can follow each other!
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  18. That's a gorgeous dress. I love how all these photos are in sepia - very much fits the theme. I also really like cemeteries; they are peaceful yet interesting places.

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  19. You look ethereal strolling through this cemetery. I too like taking a walk through old cemeteries. There is an annual event in Japan when families often go to the cemeteries of their ancestors and have picnics at their grave sites. It's like a little party, and of course they clean the area. I think it's a fantastic concept.

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  20. This dress is so classy! :)

    -Mary @ stylethatmoves.blogspot.com

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  21. I loved this post so much: I'm also a big fan of old cemeteries (and always veer towards the oldest graves, too) - they're just so thought-proking and atmospheric, and I like to think the people buried there would appreciate the fact that they're still visited, even after such a long time.

    I also love the dress - you look so effortlessly elegant!

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  22. This is a beautiful cemetery and I loved your commentary - they are fascinating places and I also find myself wondering about the lives of those buried there. The dedications written by the families and loved ones are always are tear jerker for me.
    Love your dress and you're a brave lady taking photos there!

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  23. I like your dress and cemetary post. It's funny I've done a couple cemetary post myself. I think tombstones are wonderful pieces of art.

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