26 January 2010

Tombstone Tuesday--Croton Township Cemetery

This week the alphabet takes us to Croton Township Cemetery. As you can see from the trees in the background, it is an older well established cemetery. Again this is one I haven't visited personally, but the pictures we have on file here at the library show a great feeling of the types of markers found in this area.
Unfortunately the pictures of Croton Cemetery are of a lower resolution than some of the pictures taken elsewhere. I am unable to make up the names on the stones, even when I view it at 200%. but they are great examples of "slab" type stones. Each has a different engraving on top, and while weathered, appear to still be readable, at least when these pictures were taken.
I love the ornateness of the borders in this plot. Lilac or Spirea bushes, perhaps, in the corners. Both are often found in local cemeteries. I find it interesting that with all the care that went into building the border for this plot, only 2 stones are visible. One at least appears to be a more recent granite type stone.
I love this pink stone shown above! Is it just balanced, or cemented together or what. Either way the Babcocks showed some individuality as well as creativity. And since the letters appear engraved, rather than an attached plaque as I thought at first, it should last a long time.
This family plot above shows a more typical bordered area. The simple border can easily be mowed over and there are several stones. They are of different styles and make an unusual juxtaposition
The above pictures shows the variety of stones in this cemetery. The massive old towering stone, next to a smaller slab style. In the background are first a lighter granite, with the slanted face that stands above ground. Next to it, by the presumably cement urn is a much more modern black polished stone that appears to have the lasar etching that is becoming popular.
Below the break on this one you can barely make out that it was for a Peters family member who died in the 1870's. Clearly it was broken from the base shown there, and then lay carefully together.
But finally, not all the old stones are forgotten. This clearly old slab style stone is still tended to. Not only are there still flowers placed there, but someone has made the effort to try to keep it upright.
May all of us be given such care after we pass.

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