Thursday, October 29, 2009

Think(ing) Green Thursday

Be sure to check out our host, Michelle's Think Green today. It's a real winner for Halloween!

I apologize for posting rather late today. The rain this week prevented me from making the visit to the place I wanted to post about. It is the "Green Cemetery" at Steelmantown that I posted about last week. I really wanted to see it for myself and take some pictures. This morning my friend, Lisa, and I drove out there, and this is the result.

As always, click to enlarge photos,

I believe we both enjoyed the visit very much. It is a lovely place, and very interesting. There is history to be discovered there, since it was established in the 1700's. As Edward Bixby, the owner, has stated, "The ways of the past are the way of the future."

There are nature trails to be explored as well. I did take my "Hugo" walker, but did not venture far on the trails, except for 100 feet or so, but Lisa did enjoy them.

As I told you last week, Green Burial means that embalmed bodies are not permitted in the cemetery, so as not to pollute the earth. Many markers are only wooden crosses. Most are natural stone, many of which have the names of those buried there crudely carved by untrained hands.

I am sorry the chapel was locked at the time of our visit. I would have liked to see what it is like inside. But it did look lovely. You can see a bit of the inside if you go to the website at: There is a video on the site, showing the cemetery in all seasons.

The grave markers are fascinating. Some are now unreadable and moss covered. 800 years is a very long time.

We saw many birds while we were there, including a hawk soaring over us. Wildlife abounds in the surrounding woods. There are nine acres of pineland forest.

I'm sure that other Green Cemeteries must be as beautiful. Perhaps worth your while to explore.


Daryl said...

Made me remember Six Feet Under and how Nate secretly buried his wife in the woods because she wanted a green burial ... this is much prettier

Deborah Godin said...

I think that's a great idea for the earth, and for the eventual merging back into it that we all must do. Lovely pictures.

Dianne said...

this looks like an amazing place
thank you for the tour

Thinking Green said...

I'm sorry you have had so much rainy weather Bobbie, but I'm glad that you were able to get there and share some photos and information. My sister is going to donate her body for research as is my husband. I admire them for I should do that too..but I haven't yet. For some reason the idea bothers me a bit, but I haven't really taken the time to look at the reasons yet. Hmmmm... Thank you for posting this to Thinking Green Thursday and I am going to head over to take a look at the video... Michelle

Crafty Green Poet said...

thanks for the tour, we have a green cemetry quite nearby, too,

Lily Hydrangea said...

I have heard of this, but I've never seen one. It all seems so natural.
Thanks for the tour Bobbie!

Kay said...

My husband and I have made it clear to our children that when we pass on we do not want to take up any more space. We want our ashes scattered to the earth.

shelly said...

We had decided on cremation until a friend told us that a green cemetery was far more eco...I would have thought just the opposite - he told me that the energy units that it takes for cremation make it not-so-eco. There is a nice little green cemetery near our cabin.

Mountain Photog said...

I hadn't thought about cremation not being eco-friendly. Hmmm, I'll have to investigate that. . .

I do love old cemeteries, though--they are so beautiful and peaceful. Wonderful pictures. I love the last one with the tree trunk, dead leaves and green foliage.