Children and Angels in Bellefontaine, Florissant, Missouri

Bellefontaine Cemetery is just north of St. Louis in Florissant. Missouri and totally worth a side trip if you’re headed that way.

Bellfontaine, Florissant, MO (21)

Bellfontaine, Florissant, MO (22)

In a previous post, I focused on statues of women in mourning at Bellefontaine. Just gorgeous.

Bellfontaine, Florissant, MO (24)

Bellfontaine, Florissant, MO (25)

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.

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Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Emergence

Challenging to carve something as ethereal and smokey as a soul in stone.

Laurel Hill was brimming with awesome sculptures!

Lion

What a majestic guy! Anatomically correct too. Quite the symbol of power.

Freed from prison

Here’s a story, broken chains, open prison door, sobbing woman freed. Pretty impressive. The man memorialized abolished debtors prisons in Philly.

Little lost lamb

Emotion in the stone, that’s what it’s all about.

Laurel Hill, Philly

 

Laurel Hill, Philadelphia, PA

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!

Rural Missouri Cemetery Gateways

These big welcoming gateways are a familiar sight in rural Midwest.

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

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

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

Fairview Cemetery near St. Joseph, Missouri

 

 

 

Goat Bluff Cemetery, Hot Springs, Arkansas

The ride down a long, rough gravel road is worth it to get to this one.

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.

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.

Gone but definitely not forgotten.

The graves at Goat Bluff said as much about the community of people left behind as they did about those they memorialize.

Grave sites like this speak volumes.

Can’t you just imagine the funeral services held in this shelter?

I think it still gets used, don't you?

I think it still gets used, don’t you?

Funeral service shelter

Funerary Urns as Fine Art in North Carolina

Urn Art and Garden Faire at Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, North Carolina

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.

Oakwood, Raleigh, North Carolina

I went home fairly soggy, but loved every minute of it.

Lovely grouping

I’d never seen a marker adorned like this one.  Does anyone know who draped this particular soldier’s tombstone and why?

Civil War Tombstone