Category Archives: Graveyard Visits

2017 Vacation, Day 2, Part 1: Seven Gables and Death’s Heads

For me, Salem is the story of two Nathaniels–Bowditch and Hawthorne. I remember being very interested in Hawthorne in high school English (I may have even written a paper about him), but I can’t recall ever having read one of …
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That Vacation Trip, Day 2-A: The Battle of Franklin

Since they served a good-looking breakfast buffet at the hotel, that’s where we started our day. For some odd reason (can’t imagine why), J.Hooligan decided to eat alone at one of the counters. Diamondqueen was thrilled to find they had …
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That Vacation Trip: Looking for James Conover

I thought Veteran’s Day would be a good time to talk a little about why I wanted to go to the Franklin, TN area in the first place. I’ve written before about my third great-grandfather James Conover. He was a …
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Washington DC, Day Four

Today was definitely my best day as far as enduring things well enough and staying active. Last evening, Diamondqueen returned from a pizza run with S.Hooligan with a sack of medicinal supplies from CVS: special blister bandages in two sizes …
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Mount Cemetery

  I knew you were back there, concealed somewhere on a private farm; I cruised the country road out front, guessing where you were, trying to catch a glimpse of white stone. On a September day, finally,  I gained access, …
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Ghost Stories

As haunted as I’ve been all my life, I had only one instance when I felt I might have really seen a ghost. In 1984, my sister, then 14, and I were headed to a vacation in Virginia Beach. Since …
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NUDGE: Cemetery Visits

I’m a regular connoisseur of cemeteries, and I’m happy to visit any kind, anywhere, large or small. I especially love really old graveyards far out in the country. The sooty, flat stones with their antiquated typefaces and engraved willows, urns, …
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November 10 – Contemplating Cemeteries

I’ve always loved cemeteries, especially when I became old enough to appreciate the historical aspects of them. Infatuated with the past and the stories it has to tell, I happily wandered through graveyards, whether I knew anyone buried there or …
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November 8 – Visiting Grandpa

My maternal grandfather, John Alonzo Applegate, died on June 20, 1978. He was a harness horse driver and had just finished second in back-to-back races at the old Latonia racetrack, now Turfway Park. Although the racetrack is thoroughbred-only now, for …
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Vacation, Day One – West Virginia and Virginia

Yep, we got back from our trip on Monday–totally worn out but having had a great time. It’s taken me all week to recover (and to enhance the digital photos I took). Now I’m ready to relate a few of …
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