Tag: graveyard

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Graveyard Art Westhampton: Earthly or Angelic

At Westhampton Cemetery, at Station Road and Montauk Highway in Westhampton, N.Y., I am struck by the contrast of artistic embellishments on old gravemarkers: corporeal skulls suggesting, to me, the deceased’s present existence, or smiling angels with wings, indicating the…