Be sure to contact the cemetery and get permission to go to the cemetery and
to do the rubbings. Some cemeteries may give a little tour and the history,
not of the cemetery itself, but of the history of the community and state.
My father was General Manager of a 160 acre nonprofit cemetery (now over a
100 yrs old) and he loved to do the tours most of all. He would take the
children on a tour of the cemetery, and teach proper behavior...(the do's and
don'ts...each gravesite is private property as well as a place to be
respected as a burial site and for burial customs) and safety. He would also
give the history of the city, state and nation...yellow fever
epidemic...first child born....senator so and so...civil war
veterans...unique monuments (angel from Italy...solid onyx marker...2 solid
pieces of granite making one huge monument...etc). Last but not least he
would tell a tale or two...so tales of the cemetery...not ghost stories.
In the name of archeology many people are irreverent and disrespectful of
gravesite...esp. if not of your religion or clan. Visiting a cemetery may
help one to understand the need to study burial sites for the information
they give us regarding cultures...but how to do it and maintain the sanctity
of the site. One of our family plots in WVA has been bulldozed under with
regard or contact of the family. We would have moved the graves if we had
been properly notified.
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