In addition to old cars, I like old cemeteries. Okay - I like lots of old things. But, I digress.
On my way home from the Fall Festival, I stopped at this small, old cemetery that is down at the end of my road. There are fewer than 100 stones in this lot, and none are terribly recent. Most are from the 19th century, and most are in pretty poor repair.
Is the earth reclaiming this stone, or was it vandalized
and only this short piece remains?
It's always sad to see the stones of infants and children.
Several stones were embraced by trees.
And a good number of the stones had willows on them:
I also came across a reference that said that willows were used to signify the graves of Iroquois. Hm. This isn't Iroquois country, so I think we can rule this out. And I don't recall anything from Iroquois stories that suggested that the willow held any particular significance to the Iroquois nation. Does anyone know about this?
This last marker, well, I just thought the name was unusual. I've heard of Althea, but never Altha.