Thursday, October 18, 2012

Harper Cemetery - Harpers Ferry, WV - Rural Thursday

By now readers, you know I have a thing for old cemeteries.  On our recent weekend trip we hit a couple of very interesting ones.  The first was the Harper Cemetary in Harpers Ferry, WV.

The graves in this cemetery seemed kind of haphazard and disorganized, which I thought made them even more interesting. 

Paul and I were curious about the meaning of the cross with the crown around it.  We saw this on several of the graves.

The cemetery overlooks the Potomac River.  A gorgeous resting spot.

You can tell that there isn't much rhyme or reason to where the graves are found.

Many of these older graves were tilted and leaning.

I was curious as to why these three tombstones were just outside the fence.  Why weren't they buried with the others on the inside?  

At the far back edge of the cemetery, far from all the other gravestones, I found this old pair.  I imagined it was a husband, still leaning on his wife, after all these years.

What do you think of old cemeteries, reader?  Do you wander around and imagine what life was like for the people buried there too?

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46 comments:

Anne Payne said...

Yes!!! We often stop at old cemeteries to stroll around and take photos. They're fascinating! But then I grew up here in the south and it's a big deal to visit and take pictures of where our ancestors are laid to rest. Weird, huh?

Mihaela Laitinen said...

if you have the opportunity, go to Ireland, the celtic old cemeteries are "cool".. can't really find a proper word for a cemetery.. but you get the point :)

Heather said...

There is an old cemetery on our walking loop. It is really interesting to look at all the names and dates, but also very sad. This particular cemetery has a lot of little kids buried there. But, it is still interesting to look at how old everything is, and that it has been there for so long.

Nancy Claeys said...

I love to visit old cemeteries but sometimes feel like I am intruding.

Buttons said...

Oh I am a frequent old cemetery visitor. The history tucked away in these quiet places is wonderful. It is the only way to learn our history and yes your imagination can soar.Our ancestors had such a hard life and to visit is a tribute to them I think. B
Beautiful photos Lisa. I love the wife leaning on the husband. B

andy said...

I always wonder what there history is! !! You lnow what they did, what they died of things like that! Have a great day

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the questions you asked about the graves, but now I want the answers to them.

Tanya said...

oh i love old cemeteries and i'm sitting here wondering how the heck i missed this when we were at harpers ferry!

btw, i got that book about the elephant you were telling me about :)

Maple Lane said...

I love the photos you have shared. I like to walk through old cemeteries, too.

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

Old cemeteries scare me but I do love your photos!

Brandi said...

That is a cool old cemetery. Have a great weekend!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

I find old cemeteries fascinating. Did you ever find out what the cross with the crown means?

Jill said...

I love the your thoughts on the husband still leaning on his wife. Super observation of a love of long ago.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wonderful historical photography ~ cemeteries are always fascinating ~ yet I do not think 'the person's spirit' is there ~ just bones but give the 'living' some place to feel maybe they are close to the one who died and a way to memorialize ~ ( A Creative Harbor)

thanks for coming by and commenting ^_^

The Incredible Woody said...

I love old cemeteries. One of my favorites was in Key West, FL. One tombstone read 'I told you I was sick' - LOL!

Karen said...

I love the old cemeteries too.. this one is beautiful.. and oh, what a view!..

I googled the crown symbol and got this.. " the crown in a cemetery represents the soul's achievement and the Glory of life after death."

Sounds good to me!


Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I like what you said about the leaning husband. :) I also appreciate the very random placement of the stones. Interesting!

Debbie Huffaker said...

There's just something about old cemeteries that attract me, too. I have to tell you something. As soon as your blog opened up, I remembered a dream I had last night about bears standing in the middle of the road and I was walking....came upon them before I knew it and the Momma bear headed toward me. The last thing I remember was looking down at her black body and I woke up...probably a good thing, huh?!? ;-) Didn't me an to write a novel...sorry!!! HOPE your weekend is blessed!!!

prideinphotos.com said...

I loved that you showed this...it reminds me of our trip to Boston and the old cementary there. Makes you stop and pause doesn't it?
Laurie @ Pride in Photos

TexWisGirl said...

nope. haven't wandered into a cemetery (except for a burial) since my mother would go visit her parents' graves.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Lovely photos. The cemetery is set in a beautiful location.

From what I've read, one meaning of the cross with the crown is symbolizing the reward of heaven (receiving the crown received), but there are more meanings.

alissa apel said...

I love going to old cemeteries to. When I lived in Savannah, GA there were many really old ones! They had ones where you have to walk down stairs to see the grave, but they were blocked off. Spanish moss hung from the trees and there were old churches, which made it all the more creepy and interesting. They even had ghost tours that walked about. The section that always gets me is the kid/baby section.

Debbie said...

i know many people do but i don't enjoy cemeteries.

i feel a tremendous saddness, i alway feel like i am walking on someone or walking where I shouldn't be!!

Mary Ann said...

I love old cemetaries, too... the stones outside may have been suicides... it's funny but we were just talking here at home last night about visiting Harper's Ferry next spring, so I'll put this cemetary on our list!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

have you visited Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond? It's lovely, full of history and beauty. It's where Dave is buried and where I'll go eventually.

bailey-road.com said...

This is a beautiful old cemetery.
I find old cemeteries fascinating - so full of history. In researching genealogy, standing at the grave of an ancestor makes his/her story more personal.

Leovi said...

Beautiful photos, I like that cemetery, wonderful catch. Greetings.

Sunnybrook Farm said...

There is an old cemetery on our farm that needs to be documented but I can't seem to get anyone interested. It dates from 200 years ago and many stones have no writing that I can see. The oldest that I researched was an early preacher who lived in the log part of our house, kind of neat that they just buried people where they lived then.

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Cemeteries especially old ones scares us. Happy Rural Thursday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I do like old cemeteries as well. Very interesting piece of history. I love the husband and wife tombstones you captured.

warren said...

Harper's Ferry has to be one of the prettiest places in all of WV and I am pretty taken with all of WV anyhow! It's such a cool place and so full of history!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Wonderful shots!

Barbara said...

In my family's culture cemeteries are seen as a place of remembrance and celebration of sorts. You celebrate the life the person lived. I am always fascinated when I visit a cemetery about the lives that people lived.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Your a woman after my own heart. I didn't know/remember this about you. I love old cemeteries too!

Candy C. said...

I really enjoy exploring old cemeteries too and I always wonder what their lives were like.

Angela said...

I love Harper's Ferry! It's been way too long since I've been there. We were planning on going this past summer but didn't do it. I have seen that cemetery but I don't think we walked around in it. I can't believe that they aren't taking better care of it than they are. I love the real old headstones. I'm going to guess that the graves that are in that stone fence are a family plot. Just a little word of caution when walking around those old graves. I've seen on the local news 2 different times this year where a headstone fell on children. Be very careful with the boys. I'm sure you are but I'd hate for anything to happen to those little guys!

shutterbuggbitten said...

As an amateur genealogist, I absolutely love old cemeteries. They are such a wealth of information.

Are We There Yet! said...

I love going to visit older cemeteries. We have one right neaar our house that is really small but ollllldddd.

Great pictures.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

There's a lot of peace in those places--I always enjoy a quiet stroll through a cemetery. When we lived in town I used to push the stroller through one all the time.

Valerie said...

Old cemeteries are so cool! I love how the husband is still leaning on his wife:)

Linda said...

I love Harper's Ferry. We were just there a week ago and visited the cemetery, walked from there (on the AT) to Jefferson Rock. Great place.

Barbara said...

I love old cemeteries, and love photographing them. Last April, for my birthday I visited one near us that was overflowing in bluebonnets and other wildflowers and had such a wonderful time clicking away. My husband and son even enjoyed wandering around while I clicked. I know it must be weird but it seems there are a lot of us!

Miss Angie said...

That is so cool! I love old cemetaries!

Lmkazmierczak said...

This struck me as a perfect post for the month of October♫♪

Beckysworld said...

My husband thinks I'm a little nutty but I can't resist an old cemetery. We visit my family in Tennessee every summer and I make it a point to go looking for them. There are a couple on the Wildlife refuge that I'm really looking forward to finding

alissa apel said...

My kids would love something like that!