I’ve wondered, and maybe you have too, why people put little fences around graves.
I understand fences around the cemetery itself. You’ve got to define the property somehow. But what’s up with the little grave-yards?
I’ve never seen them in the Northeast or Midwestern United States, but they’re common when you travel south and west.
The closest things I’ve come across in the Midwest are these symbolic front steps leading into a family plot.
I’ve seen gorgeous iron work, beautifully laid stone, concrete, wood, brick, and even humble piles of rocks. Is the point to keep something out or keep something in?
Or is it just a need to fully claim the space?
Sometimes the fence is more substantial than the grave marker.
Do you live somewhere where it’s traditional to fence in the family plot? I assume the practice was brought over from Europe or maybe up from Central America. Any ideas?