I had been wanting to go back to the Woodlawn Cemetery in Canandaigua for awhile, as I have never seen such a beautiful cemetery! It is located on a side street, back off the road. The topography is wonderful, with some gently rolling areas that are just stunning in the Autumn!
This cemetery is old and there are many Canandaigua “notables” interred there. It looks as though there is still room left for many, many more people, but my favorite part involves driving back and up an incline to the oldest section. This is where some of the most awesome statuary is located!
This Celtic Cross isn’t in the old section, but it really is old! I was going to convert the photo to sepia because I thought it would lend itself quite well, but I love he colors surrounding this marker!
The rest of the markers are located in the old section of the cemetery. I noticed that families would have an elaborate marker for the entire family, with small stones, often bearing only the initials of the person buried within close proximity of the large marker. Some of the stones are just beautiful works of art.
I love this one with the angel.
Standing amid the markers, some of them looked like chess pieces for a (bigger than) life-size game!
This marker caught my eye. It says “Little Max”….
And I will leave you with yet another Celtic Cross.
When my father-in-law passed away nearly six years ago, we were told the cemetery only allows flat stones. I guess that is because they are easier to maintain and they can actually mow the grass right over them.
I got to thinking, I wonder if all the beautiful statues in the cemetery were for wealthy families, or did people actually spend a great deal of money to commemorate their departed loved ones?