Tag: cemetery

History, Hucksters, and a Highway in Brewster

The grave of a Revolutionary War soldier at Old Southeast Church Cemetery in Brewster, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Visit to the Old Southeast Church Cemetery in Putnam County, N.Y. How many times have I stopped for ice cream and miniature golf at the Red Rooster in Brewster, N.Y., or headed just a little further north to Aversano’s,…

Recovering New Orleans

mardi gras jester

One of the best parts of any trip is anticipating it. Right now, I am planning to revisit New Orleans, a city I haven’t been to since the early 1990s. I was there so long ago I didn’t take pictures.…

Have a Quirk and a Smile

On Visiting Everyday Places On any given trip, I’m typically at a destination for some architectural, artistic, or geographical reason: Chichen Itza in Mexico to understand the Maya and to marvel at the engineering of this ancient city, the Hermitage…

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…

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…

Graveyard Art in October: The Strife Is Over

Given the season, the focus this month is on graveyards and their art. A monument to Hamilton Fish at St. Philip’s Church in the Highlands in Garrison, N.Y. declares the strife to be over, although the women depicted in its…

Life and Death at the Key West Cemetery

The Key West Cemetery is probably the first one I visit recreationally. No relatives of mine are there. I hesitate: Is this okay? Just going in to look? Appreciating the stillness, the spookiness, the peace, the quiet, the flowers? Is…