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: http://www.steelmantowncemetery.com/. 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.