Bellefontaine Cemetery is just north of St. Louis in Florissant. Missouri and totally worth a side trip if you’re headed that way.
In a previous post, I focused on statues of women in mourning at Bellefontaine. Just gorgeous.
Can you imagine visiting these two memorials when they were new and even more lifelike? I’ll come back to Bellefontaine. There are some spectacular buildings here too.
Challenging to carve something as ethereal and smokey as a soul in stone.
Laurel Hill was brimming with awesome sculptures!
What a majestic guy! Anatomically correct too. Quite the symbol of power.
Here’s a story, broken chains, open prison door, sobbing woman freed. Pretty impressive. The man memorialized abolished debtors prisons in Philly.
Emotion in the stone, that’s what it’s all about.
There’s more to see at Laurel Hills. I’ve got to go back. And I MUST have another philly cheesesteak sandwich. It’s absolutely true that nobody makes them like they do in Philadelphia!
These big welcoming gateways are a familiar sight in the rural Midwest.
Cemeteries plopped right down on the side of the road or in the middle of a cow pasture need eye-catching signs to attract visitors.
This is a pretty one near Rolla, Missouri
I wonder if there’s a cemetery gateway company that does all of these. Or used to anyway. I’ve never seen one that looked brand new.
Perrin Cemetery, Missouri
I don’t think they’re just a Missouri thing. Has anybody seen them in other parts of the country?
Fairview Cemetery near St. Joseph, Missouri
The drive down a long, rough gravel road was worth it to get to this one.
I featured this little cemetery near Hot Springs, Arkansas last month just because I loved the name.
Hand-piled rock wall.
I didn’t find any clues there as to how it got its name, but I did find grave sites that were just as intriguing.
The graves at Goat Bluff said as much about the community of people left behind as they did about those they memorialize.
Can’t you just imagine the funeral services held in this shelter?
I think it still gets used, don’t you?
Urn Art and Garden Faire at Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, North Carolina
Okay, who wouldn’t want to spend eternity in a “Party Jar?” That’s what artist Julie Moore titled her whimsically woven cremation urn in Oakwood Cemetery’s juried art urn competition in April. There were ninety entries, everything from elegantly traditional wood carvings to uniquely personal mosaics.
Oakwood livened up the show with Civil War reenactors, cemetery tours and food trucks. And a little weather couldn’t keep the taphophiles down! Despite heavy rain, hundreds turned out.
Personally, I think the rain made this beautiful, old cemetery even more dramatic.
I went home fairly soggy, but loved every minute of it.
I’d never seen a marker adorned like this one. Does anyone know who draped this particular soldier’s tombstone and why?