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Site 143: 9/11 Memorials

I was living in Japan when the 9/11 terrorist attacks happened. I was already in bed when I got a couple of texts from my friends – something about the WTC in NYC – I was sleepy and wasn’t sure what they were getting on about; it wasn’t until I went to Continue reading “Site 143: 9/11 Memorials”

Site 141: The Bronx’s Woodlawn Cemetery

When one thinks of grand New York city cemeteries, the first that will come to mind is Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. It’s definitely the most famous and well-known, not just to taphophiles and the writers of “best of” cemetery lists, but to the local Continue reading “Site 141: The Bronx’s Woodlawn Cemetery”

Site 140: Jersey City’s Harsimus Cemetery

Many years ago when I did my first Masters (in History) I wrote a major paper on Toronto cemeteries. As part of my research, I read a lot about the rural/garden cemetery movement in both Europe and the U.S., which had multiple intended purposes – Continue reading “Site 140: Jersey City’s Harsimus Cemetery”

Sites 138 and 139: Sleepy Hollow Cemeteries

I woke up this morning to dull, grey skies, and I think that’s what I can expect for the rest of my time in New York. Yesterday’s scorching hot sunny day was probably the last I’ll see in a while. I had hoped to get up early and visit at least one cemetery in the Continue reading “Sites 138 and 139: Sleepy Hollow Cemeteries”

Site 137: Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery

If you love monumental cemeteries as I do, this is definitely one for the bucket list. It ticks off the boxes for so many different types of cemetery explorers: those who love grand structures, statues, the graves of famous people, beautiful landscape design, etc. Continue reading “Site 137: Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery”

Site 135: Boston’s Granary Burying Ground

The third cemetery I visited on the Freedom Trail was also the third one built in Boston. This one was quite famous – it had open-top tour buses stopping outside with a tour guide explaining who was buried within (nobody got off the bus to actually come Continue reading “Site 135: Boston’s Granary Burying Ground”

Site 134: Boston’s King’s Chapel Burying Ground

A few blocks south of Copp’s Hill Burying Ground lies another cemetery on the Freedom Trail, the King’s Chapel Burying Ground. This was the first cemetery established in the city of Boston and it dates back to 1630.  Nearly five decades later, King’s Chapel Continue reading “Site 134: Boston’s King’s Chapel Burying Ground”

Site 133: Boston’s Copp’s Hill Cemetery

Any visitor to Boston will quickly learn about the Freedom Trail, a path you can follow through the centre of Boston that connects various sites related to Boston’s involvement in the Revolution and the subsequent founding of the United States. There Continue reading “Site 133: Boston’s Copp’s Hill Cemetery”

Site 132: Cambridge’s Old Burial Ground

At the corner of Harvard Square, a quiet green area lies oblivious to the thousands of students and other passersby making their way to classes and job interviews in the streets beyond.  This is Cambridge’s Old Burial Ground, established in 1635 just Continue reading “Site 132: Cambridge’s Old Burial Ground”

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”

Site 52: Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

I only had a few days in San Diego, but I knew I wanted to visit the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery when I was there. I don’t get many opportunities to visit military cemeteries, but I always appreciate the opportunity to do so. Not only are the cemeteries very moving, Continue reading “Site 52: Fort Rosecrans Cemetery”

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