Monthly Archives: October 2012

Cemetery of the Week #81: the Old Burying Ground

Old Burying Ground 1450 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 Phone: 617-349-4890 Founded: 1635 Size: 2.5 acres Number of interments: Unknown. More than 1200 known graves. Open: dawn to dusk The sign on the fence reads: “Old Burying Ground. Burial place … Continue reading

Posted in Cemetery of the Week | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

My apologies

I’ve just discovered that WordPress is putting ads on my blog without my permission.  I can’t see them myself, so I don’t know how irritating they are or how long they’ve been there. If they’ve bothered you, would you let … Continue reading

Posted in Good cemetery news | Tagged | 6 Comments

The Evolution of the Death’s Head

Originally, the Puritans in America forbade any decoration on their gravestones.  The earliest markers that still exist show only names and occasionally the death date.  Later, the prohibition eased to the point that ornamentation on gravestones were okay, as long … Continue reading

Posted in Cemetery essay | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

Last Days for the Discount on the Cemetery Travels Notebook

The Cemetery Travels Notebook is the place to keep field notes from your own cemetery adventures. It features 80 lined pages, interspersed with 20 lush full-page color photographs of cemeteries from Paris to Tokyo, with stops at Sleepy Hollow, San Francisco, and … Continue reading

Posted in Good cemetery news | Tagged | Leave a comment

Stories in Stone: Douglas Keister

I first became aware of Douglas Keister’s photography when I bought Going Out in Style: The Architecture of Eternity, a sublimely illustrated exploration of tombs and mausoleums around the US.  He had a gift for capturing the perfect light, the … Continue reading

Posted in Cemetery interview | Tagged | 3 Comments