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Vanderslice Cemetery

Posted by Stu On February - 9 - 2009

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We found this on our way to the ghost town of Celestia. At first glance, this looks like a small cemetery next to a ravine and with only a handful of graves. Truth is, in 1906 the middle of the cemetery was washed away in a flood. There is a whole other area to it; you just have to cross the ditch. It’s not very deep but it is somewhat of a steep climb to the other side.
The graveyard is no longer in use, and if it weren’t for the sign along the road, I doubt anyone would even know it’s there.

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“Hidden” Cemetery in Hickory Run State Park

Posted by Stu On April - 27 - 2008

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If my wife hadn’t seen the small American flag sticking up over the top of the hill, I would have had no idea this was hidden up there. Located almost directly across from the park office is this seemingly little known cemetery. Several of the stones are pre-Civil War. I would later find out that some people up here were killed in a bad flood in 1849. Due to excessive logging, there were very few trees left to hold the ground in place. As a result, the ground gave way, the dam broke, and the town was devastated.

Despite looking like the cemetery is or has been maintained, many of the stones are in poor shape. Some are in pieces on the ground, while others have been placed upon the bases of trees. Many are just stumps.

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Old Cemetery Near Otis, MA

Posted by Stu On November - 27 - 2007

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I can’t find anything out about this place, other than it’s near Otis. Most of the stones appear to be from the 1800’s. If it weren’t for the location of the cemetery and the difficulty in reaching it, I might not be including it.

It’s about a mile off a backroad, down a very, very rocky and unsafe dirt road (at least for cars, but there are spots where trucks might have trouble too). At one point, the road just drops steeply. There was no way our car was getting down it, so we walked the last third of a mile.

Judging by the lines of trees and stone walls on either side of the path, I’m betting a town or some sort of development was back here at one point. I don’t know if there are any buildings still standing. All we saw was the cemetery, which also has a stone wall around it.

You can see the 4 small stones all have a single rock placed on top.

Again, I’m still trying to find out more information. I don’t even know what the cemetery is named. If anyone knows where this is or what else was here, drop me a line.

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Shupp Cemetery

Posted by Stu On October - 26 - 2007

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I heard about a little known cemetery not too far from the area where I was job hunting. It wasn’t supposed to be very large, and it was somewhat hidden. After getting directions we set out. Pretty easy find…if you can spot the sign along the road.

The place is off a main road, and the driveway leading to it is crammed between two other buildings.

Most of the grass in the cemetery was knee- to waist-high. A small bit in the front was recently cut, barely enough to make a path.

I had to watch my step. The grass was so high in some areas that I was worried I’d step on or trip over stones.

Getting back to the car, I realized I was infested. No, not with chiggers as I’ve become used to, but rather…

Grass seed.
Told you it was high.

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NJ’s Smallest Registered Cemetery

Posted by Stu On September - 26 - 2007

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After finding the Olde Stone House Village and doing some research, I found out nearby Bunker Hill Presbyterian is home to the smallest registered graveyard in the state. It has only 4 graves, 3 of which have stones. 2 were just about unreadable; one was faint but the name and some information were fairly easy to see. I don’t know where exactly the 4th grave is or why it’s unmarked.

Bunker Hill Presbyterian has a history of moving around. The original church is actually one of the Village’s buildings. The newer incarnation of the church was also moved from its original location, about a block away. The cemetery is still in its original place, next to the manse. The manse is now a private residence. The property is almost on top of the graves; as you can see, a small garden is less than 2 feet from the cemetery. The driveway leading to the graves horseshoes around to the house next door.

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Antietam Battlefield

Posted by Stu On April - 26 - 2007

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I’ll admit I know very little about this particular battle and have just recently begun reading about it. My interest in the Civil War has grown significantly in the past few years. Since I’m a Yankee, I have, as far as I know, only 2 battlefieds near me – Antietam and Gettysburg. I’ll get to Gettysburg sometime soon hopefully. I figured since I was already in Maryland this one particular time I might as well go see Antietam.

Antietam was the single bloodiest day in the Civil War, with over 23,000 casualties. Although the Union prevented the Confederacy from advancing northward, they failed to stop them from retreating back to Virginia. The Union’s semi-victory at Antietam convinced Abraham Lincoln to announce the Emancipation Proclamation. Clara Barton, the founder of the Red Cross, cared for soldiers at this battle and has a monument there.

The self-guided car tour is about 8½ miles. It’s mostly monuments and signs, so if you have no knowledge or interest in the battle or war you probably won’t care to go. The cemetery at the end is a must see though.
We went during the first week of April, and the weather was pretty odd. While the day before was nice, we were greeted with random snow at the battlefield.

Monuments & signs line the roadside.

Bad photo of Clara Barton’s monument.

The Mumma Cemetery. The Mumma farm was burned down by the Confederates. Since it was destroyed by the South, the Union wouldn’t reimburse the family.

The tour ends at the Antietam National Cemetery. It contains 4,776 Union soldiers (over a third were never identified) and over 200 soldiers from other wars. A large statue of a Union soldier is in the center of the cemetery and the graves make a horseshoe around it.

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