The small town where we live recently sent out a newsletter…town residents were encouraged to visit the “Founders’ Cemetary”.
This is one of the early (1801) burials. The stone was so unique and elaborate compared to many of the others. The epitaph was rather humorous, as well:
“Behold and see as you pass by, As you are now so once was I. As I am now so you must be, Prepare for Death and follow me.”
Most all of the graves were overgrown and as I walked through, my ankles were snagged by brambles and stung as the skin was scratched by jagged berry bushes. Chipmunks abounded, running through the tall grasses, unseen! As I walked around, I was somewhat amazed that the town would so proudly announce the “Grand Opening???” of this somewhat forsaken area! It seemed so ironic that they would draw attention to such an overgrown, seemingly uncared for cemetary! I will say, however, that some effort is being taken to “rejuvenate” the area, as the road leading to the cemetary is quite elaborate when compared to the road we live on!
This last picture is of the new and modern gravestone of the town’s founder. Apparently, the town saw fit to spring for a proper grave marker. A few feet from this stone is a little stone, with the initials “GW” carved into it. I am thinking that must have been the original marker.