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travel, photography and musings on cemeteries, memorials, and other dark sites

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September 2018

Site 131: Boston’s Mount Auburn Cemetery

Mount Auburn, located not too far from Harvard University, has the distinction of being the first rural cemetery created in the United States. Like Europe in the early 19th century, increasing urbanization in the US meant the need for larger cemeteries Continue reading “Site 131: Boston’s Mount Auburn Cemetery”

Site 130: Salem’s Howard Street Cemetery

Salem’s Howard Street Cemetery doesn’t seem to get the same love as the Old Burying Point, despite the fact that it has a much darker history. The current location was probably just a field next to the old Salem dungeon during the witch trial hysteria, Continue reading “Site 130: Salem’s Howard Street Cemetery”

Site 129: Salem’s The Old Point Burying Cemetery

Salem, a town synonymous with witches, has completely leaned into its own mythology. That has both its benefits and disadvantages: on the one hand, the town has had to come to terms with what is, in fact, a dark stain on its past: the Salem witch trials. On the other Continue reading “Site 129: Salem’s The Old Point Burying Cemetery”

Site 128: Plymouth’s Burial Hill Cemetery

After a thoroughly enjoyable visit to Plimoth Plantation, I headed over to Plymouth’s Burial Hill Cemetery and got my first real taste of truly old headstones, the kind I always saw in movies but never in real life. In some of the European (re: English) cemeteries Continue reading “Site 128: Plymouth’s Burial Hill Cemetery”

Site 127: Concord’s Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

I don’t remember when I first read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, but it remained one of my favourite books when I was growing up. I watched many of the different movie versions that have been made throughout the years, but my favourite remains Continue reading “Site 127: Concord’s Sleepy Hollow Cemetery”

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