Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sepia scenes ~ Colonial cemetery

History comes "alive" here.

Monday I visited what is said to be the oldest public cemetery in the United States. It's in Derby, Ct., less than two miles from our house.
How do you like the skull on the top of this sunken headstone? More than one person in the family had a stone like this. Eeek. Many of these ancient headstones were half-sunk into the ground.

As you can see, Mr. Wooster was the first settler here wa-a-a-ay back in 1651. This monument was installed at a much later date.

I thought this impressive 19th-century gravestone looked good in sepia, but I prefer the original below. I think it's because it was such a picture-perfect blue sky when I snapped it. Notice both husband and wife died on Christmas Day. He died in 1841 and she in 1869.

See many more sepia-fied photos at Sepia Scenes, a meme hosted by Mary T, The Teach.


EG CameraGirl said...

I think photos of the oldest public U.S. cemetery look great in sepia. But the photo with the blue sky is very nice too!

How cool that the cemetery is so close to where you live. There must be lots of interesting historical facts about your area.

Annie Jeffries said...

Hi Patti,

I love old cemetaries. They are destination places for me. When Don and I travel or take daytrips, cemetaries are something I look for. Thanks for pointing me in this direction. I'm googling the cemetary and adding it to our destimation list.

Oh and yeah! Love the sepias. The skulls headstone is awesome. I wonder. Is it sunk or has the land been built up in the cemetary?

Gena D said...

Wonderful scenes and the detail is perfect for sepia.

nice work!
GEna D Thinking Aloud

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Really cool shots! I used to think visiting cemeteries was rather odd but since doing genealogy research, I think it is so interesting. Noticed, I didn't use the word "fun" but it kind of is.

Linda said...

Now this is the type of place that I could really dig - no pun intended! I love the sepia pictures as it definitely brings out the "oldness" of the place.