Category: Graveyards

Cruising Cemeteries around the Globe

Grave marker of Anastasia Romanov at Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Touring Graveyards for History and Understanding I suppose if you are bashful, a cemetery is a great place to visit given that no one is likely to talk to you much. I like cemeteries for the opportunities they provide to…

Running across History

A remnant of the Battle of Yorktown in Virginia

Taking in Nuggets of Information A monument to the soldiers of the Confederacy in Arlington National Cemetery. A visitor might marvel at its size given the cause for which the soldiers were fighting. Photo credit: L, Tripoli Traveling back in…

The Bright Side of Death

I’ve never really understood the American method of mourning, kicking off with a somber viewing followed by an even more somber funeral. Let’s all wear our sad faces along with the black. This approach seems so incongruous to me given…

Ghostly Fiction in Sleepy Hollow

Nothing becomes October better than the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. Even if you can’t make a performance of story teller Jonathan Kruk as he brings Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow alive, a walk through the graveyard…

Graveyard in Saratoga: Death on a Clam Shell

I have a penchant for dramatic graveyard art, those winged but bent angels, the weeping women clinging to crosses, the monuments that stretch toward the heavens. One stone in the Greenridge Cemetery in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.that has me wondering about…

An Unanticipated Pet Cemetery in Newport

So much wretched excess can be overlooked if blatant industrialists and their free-spending spouses just treat their pets right. If there is reincarnation, I want to come back as a pampered pooch. —Lori Tripoli Interested in graveyards in Newport? Consider…

Graveyards in October: Forgotten in Pleasantville?

The overgrowth of this graveyard in Pleasantville, N.Y. contrasts with its proximity to a well-traveled road. What was probably a peaceful resting place stands still as progress comes to it on a road named Broadway. Should we pretend not to…

History in the West Point Graveyard

We go to West Point to watch the football games, but we take a quick walk through the cemetery there on the way back to our car. Here are reminders of the real purpose of this place, and the outcomes…