150 Years of Memories For the “DEARLY BELOVED”
More than sacred ground, cemeteries can act as a textbook of community history. Graveyards and markers provide researchers with a vast amount of detail concerning the life of the person whose remains may be buried below. Gravestones can tell us names, birth and death dates, occupations, ethnicity or nationality, and religious traditions. Sometimes the stones list survivors, and may describe the value or sentiment peers placed on the deceased’s life. Looking beyond the writing, gravestones reflect community development, trade patterns, technological advancement, tragedies, theological evolution and changing artistic tastes.