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Cemetery Roundup 2015-2018

Having just visited my 150th cemetery/memorial site in just over 3 years, I thought it might be interesting to look at the overall numbers of where I’ve been and what I’ve seen. Just sorting through the numbers have given me a few surprises – I didn’t realise Continue reading “Cemetery Roundup 2015-2018”

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 142: St. Paul’s Chapel’s Churchyard

With the price of real estate in Manhattan, it’s no wonder that there are very few cemeteries on the island, with most of the large ones out in the other boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. The handful that do remain tend Continue reading “Site 142: St. Paul’s Chapel’s Churchyard”

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 136: Boston’s Central Burying Ground

This was both the first, and the last, cemetery that I visited in Boston. It’s also the cemetery that I didn’t really visit at all, as every time I went the gates were locked. Despite being in the Boston Common with hundreds of people all around, Continue reading “Site 136: Boston’s Central Burying Ground”

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”

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