5.05.2010

Cemeteries in Weird Places

Lately, it seems like my boyfriend and I have been fascinated with cemeteries.  I am not sure how it started or why, but we have been to a lot of cemeteries.  And I have been taking a lot of photos at cemeteries.  

I am particularly fascinated by cemeteries in strange places.  This cemetery we found while looking for another cemetery.  It is in Lancaster County's Central Park, right on the outside of the golf course.  Just several very old graves in a wooded area.  Many of the headstones are falling over.


This little area with graves is just off to the side of an off-ramp.  I must have driven by it 100's of times until one day I noticed it.

I guess it isn't really that odd how the cemeteries ended up in these places.  People bury their family on their property and then the area is developed.  I am just glad that people were respectful to the graves.

Don't be surprised to see lots of cemetery photos in my photography scrabble pendant line!  I certainly take a lot of photos at cemeteries and think that headstones have their own special beauty.  There are a few in my latest photography photo line, and there will be more in my next run of them, too.  I am currently working on a coaster set with them that is turning out just beautifully.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am also fascinated by old cemeteries. The weirdest one ive seen was in the middle of a movie theatre parking lot when I lived back home in NJ. Here is a link to the story and photo in Weird NJ: http://www.weirdnj.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=49&Itemid=28

B.B. Bellezza said...

Oh, that's awesome!! I'll definitely check out the story.

Julie said...

My friend and I love taking pictures of unique headstones around our state. There is definately some pretty cool carvings on some grave headstones. I posted some on my blog: http://therandommindofmissjulie.blogspot.com/2010/03/broken-headstones.html

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

I love cemetaries in odd places. I drive by that one all the time, wanting to get out and take a photo or two. I could go on and on about my favs here in Lancaster County:)

Anonymous said...

I too enjoy old cemeteries. It started back in 1978, when I started family tree research and continues to this day.
Pennsylvania has many old cemeteries in odd or unusual locations, like the slave cemetery across the RR tracks from the wealthy McAllister family's cemetery at Fort Hunter in Harrisburg PA
One of the most unusual graves I ran across was in the parking lot of the El Tovar Hotel on the rim of the Grand Canyon. I had an old book that stated a previous owner's daughter had died and she was buried there. When I asked several employees about it, they were absolutely clueless as to what I was referring to. I went out front to the parking area (there were several sections that were divided by grassy areas with trees and foliage) and finally found the grave beside a tree, practically covered by a bush. I took a few digital photos and went back inside to show some of the employees I had spoken with.
They were agape and agog that they had worked there for many years and never knew the grave existed. When my wife and I left, the whole place was abuzz with this new discovery.