I visited this 150-year-old cemetery over a decade ago and got a harsh reality check recently when I went back.
Granted, it was 104° F, a far cry from the balmy spring weather of my first visit. But, that didn’t explain the lack of shadowy, Victorian pathos that I expected.
I had kind of a Planet of the Apes moment – you know the Statue of Liberty scene? I KNEW I was in the wrong place until I found two graves.
Here’s some insight into my taphophelia. Over the decade, I’d elaboratly decorated my memories to make a more appropriate set for the tragic romance I’d invented for John Valle and his consort, Mary St. Gemme.
The cemetery I “remembered” was crowded with statues and tipped stones all carved in French. Moss hung from the branches of ancient trees and brushed my shoulders as I wandered narrow, winding paths among the graves.
No kidding. That’s exactly what I expected.
Instead of telling you the story these two graves inspired in my obviously overactive imagination, just look at the pictures and the dates yourself. If you come up with a tale too, then you and I are kindred spirits…or similarly obsessed at least. Let me know.
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I love when I find monuments like this in an old cemetery. The ” consort ” part always interests me as well. It may have been a tragic ending, if not too soon.
I love “consort” too. I wondered if it might just be a quaint old word for “spouse”, but the consorts at St. Genevieve hadn’t changed their last names, the wives had. Maybe reverence for one’s consort was a French custom. It seems appropriately romantic.
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I love the graveyard at St. Michael’s chruch in Charleston, SC. It’s just jam-packed with history and fascinating stories. I’m going to have to walk through again, the next time we’re there. It’s been too long and you’ve reminded me how much I enjoy the cemetery in downtown Charleston. 🙂
I’m glad to have sparked your memories. St. Michael’s sounds lovely.