My headstone this week is not just one headstone, but a graveyard for headstones, of sorts!
As many of you know, I’ve been spending time photographing and recording all data from headstones that are readable and accessible in Woodward Hill Cemetery in the city of Lancaster. It is in deplorable condition ~ except for the area immediately surrounding our 16th President, James Buchanan’s grave, and that is beautiful!
The above picture was taken last Saturday on our visit there to photograph another 100 or so headstones. We were dirty, dusty and grimy after cleaning dirt and debris off of headstones at the bottom of the hill. We pulled weeds and moved potato chip bags and empty cans just to read headstones. Then we came across this!
At the edge of the cemetery, overlooking Cheaspeake Street, is this little secret. Soon it will be covered by growth and nobody will see it until the winter when the green dies away and all of those headstones are once again exposed! It appears that they were all pushed over the side of the hill, doesn’t it? Where are the caskets? Why are they all in a pile? And the Becks ~ are they actually buried there, or is their headstone pushed there, too? Who is responsible for this? Is this perpetual care?
Anybody looking for their ancestor’s missing headstone? Might try climbing down this hill ~ it’s right at the edge of section F.
Linda’s Headstones of the Week; Week #28