Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Visiting The Springfield Cemetery

A stroll around the Springfield Cemetery, in Springfield, Massachusetts. It was both a nice little walk and a little bit creepy, too. No ghosts, however, revealed themselves to my intruding camcorder lens.

Fellow blogger, Mark Alamed, over at Exploring Western Massachusetts, has said that cemeteries built back in the 1800s were designed to be visited much like public parks. And a quick view of Springfield Cemetery will show this to be true. It's really something to behold in person. This is without question one of the most beautiful cemeteries I've ever walked through, and will surely be more so when the grass has greened-up and the trees are in bloom. My pans with a camcorder just don't offer the same rich depth of vision that this cemetery provides as you look down from its slopes and terraces.

For more on the Springfield Cemetery, visit their website here.

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At 4:12 PM, Anonymous Bill P. said...

Thanks for this one, Dusty. My parents are buried in there, and I haven't been back home in over 15 years. Keep up the good work.
Bill Postel
Valdosta, Georgia

At 4:43 PM, Blogger Bill Dusty said...

Hey, thanks back at ya. I'll do a photo tour in the summertime.

At 5:32 PM, Anonymous Mark T. Alamed said...

Excellent video, Bill. Great musical score, too!

It brought back memories, and has Roma and I thinking we need to take a ride over and walk through the cemetery soon ourselves, once things start blooming. Shouldn't be long now.

That tombstone in the tree was pretty interesting. I guess if the tree lives long enough, it will swallow the little stone up.

Thanks for the plug!

At 6:10 PM, Blogger Bill Dusty said...

NP, Mark ;-)

I was actually kind of suprised that the tree didn't dislodge the little stone as it grew.


At 6:14 PM, Blogger sojourner said...

More kudoes, Bill! It was most intriguing to see the stone swallowed by the tree. Also the sundial monument. The Chapin "table top" monument appears to be in the old, old section near the Pine Street gate. Those really ancient graves were transferred from the river bank behind Old First Church when the railroad first came through and laid its tracks through the old burying ground.

On your next tour of the cemetery, I'd encourage you to check out the old Methodist burying ground section near the corner of Union and Mulberry Streets. An early Methodist church stood on the corner and many local abolitionists were a part of that church and, as a result, were buried there. There is a significant monument erected to the memory of Rev. Orange Scott.

Thanks again from a former Springfield-er who doesn't get back often enough. Through your eyes, we get there more often.


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