Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
~ Edna St. Vincent Millay (poet, 1892-1950);
REMEMBERING THE PAST
Cemeteries have fascinated me since I was a child. Early on, I remember visiting a Russian Orthodox cemetery and being intrigued by the atypical headstones and striking sculpture I discovered. That allure remains with me today. I never tire of exploring an uncrawled graveyard.
Imagine my surprise (and relief!) to learn along the way that I am just one of thousands who are taphophiles. Taphophilia is an interest in or love of graves and cemeteries. I am especially drawn to the memorial art and architecture of cemeteries. My keenest interest is finding and photographing cemetery angels and unusual headstones.
Cemeteries blend remembrance, history and art in a peaceful, but sometimes neglected setting. I believe the past should never be forgotten and we should appreciate the heritage of all graveyards. To that end, I encourage all who visit Cemetery Visions to support your state and/or local community's efforts to save and preserve historic cemeteries.
Old cemetery crawlers never die...they just wander off.
|~ Nancy Hadaway|
"The graveyards are full of people the world could not do without."
~ Elbert Hubbard
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