Monday, November 2, 2009

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Well, this is the last day for All Saints Day, Day of the Dead, whatever you happen to call it. I was thinking of my trip a few years back to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in New England. I went with my friend Lana and we sort of did the authors tour together around Concord, Mass. We visited Walden Pond, the authors homes, and of course author's hill at Sleepy Hollow.

Sleepy Hollow is a beautiful cemetery. Of course lots of people visit here. Cairns are all around the graves of the most popular authors such as Louisa May Alcott, Thoreau, and Emerson. I added my little stones too.
Sleepy Hollow is a very large and beautiful cemetery and if you are ever up in that area it is worth visiting.
Most of the headstones in Sleepy Hollow date pretty far back. Of course everything is older in New England than here in Texas it seems, as it was settled first. I always felt like I was stepping back in time in a way.
Thoreau seems to be the most famous I guess. He is one of my favorite as well. All of the authors have family plots and just small headstones are in place for each member with their first name inscribed on it.
It was very interesting and very calming there.
Nathaniel Hawthorne once said of cemeteries...
The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.


Magpie's Mumblings said...

I always thought Sleepy Hollow wasn't 'real'! How neat to find out that it is.


My grandparents on my mother's side are buried in a beautiful cemetery right off of Route 66. It has huge oak trees and rolling hills.

I was contacted by the Westminster Burying Ground because of my Poe bottles. The director wanted to make sure that I wasn't stealing their dirT! I assured the director that no gravesite was disturbed or visited in the making of my art bottles much to the director's relief.