Cemetery Tales of Detroit

Detroit's Woodmere Cemetery (Images of America)Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery by Gail D. Hershenzon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Woodmere Cemetery isn’t blessed with lots of widely known permanent residents, but Gail Hershenzon’s book does a wonderful job of bringing the place to life. She’s specially skillful at summing up interesting residents in a paragraph, pointing out a number of fascinating monuments, and spinning some gruesome stories.

My favorite is about Amelia Buck, buried in an unmarked grave. Her sister kept Amelia’s body, convinced she could pray her back to life. She tried to feed her dead sister a little coffee each day and even propped her up in a chair on the porch to watch the Fourth of July parade.

The reason this book doesn’t get five stars is that Amelia Buck is said to have died July 27 — several weeks after the Fourth of July. Probably the first date is a typo and should have said June 27, but it does call into question other facts and figures in the book.

The book is available on Amazon: Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery (Images of America)

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About Loren Rhoads

I'm co-author of a series about a succubus and her angel. Angelus Rose, the final book, came out in February 2020. I am the editor of Tales for the Camp Fire: An Anthology Benefiting Wildfire Relief. I'm also author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel--and a space opera trilogy.
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3 Responses to Cemetery Tales of Detroit

  1. Pingback: Cemetery of the Week #72: Woodmere Cemetery | Cemetery Travel: Adventures in Graveyards Around the World

  2. Gail says:

    If you are questioning other “facts and figures” in my book because of an error the publisher corrected when the book was reprinted, then you need to look at your own review of Woodmere Cemetery. Carhartt’s daughter did not have their mausoleum built. Anna Maria Schwartz did not die in November 1868. You have the cemetery having 250 acres and 240 acres. You refer to Woodmere as Woodlawn. The cemetery has more than 40,000 burials. There are a couple other “facts and figures” you need to recheck for your review.


    • Loren Rhoads says:

      Thanks for getting in touch, Gail. I appreciate you taking the time to write and I’ll apply your corrections. I’m glad to hear that your book was corrected by the publisher in the second edition. It’s nice to have a second chance, isn’t it?


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