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Chandler Hill Cemetery. September 8, 2010

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Visited the Chandler Hill Cemetery in Colrain over the weekend:

It was like stepping into a time machine; stones carved in a style gone from modern times:

…scripture quoted in words lost in antiquity, memorials to people who wrested a life from these rugged hills long before there was a United States.

“James Stewart, b.1680…”

One Reverend Taggart apparently made quite an impression, serving both his congregation and his community in an early incarnation of our Congress:

I liked the time-worn workmanship of his stone:

Thanks to Lizz and Holly for sharing with me this very cool old piece of our local history.

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1. lisahgolden - September 9, 2010

Wow, CR! Very cool shots of a really interesting place.

2. kkryno - September 9, 2010

I love walking through old cemeteries. Every headstone tells a story. There’s one back home where many of the markers have photos of the deceased. It might soud a bit weird, but really I just find it interesting.

Chandler Hill must be full of amazing histories. Your pics are provocative as well as starkly beautiful.

3. littlebangtheory - September 9, 2010

Thanks, Lisa.

Vikki, this one is like an epic novel of early life in New England – a twenty-something mother dies two weeks after giving birth, and within a month tiny headstones sprout as her children all “mysteriously” die… of “Busy Dad Syndrome,” if I read correctly between the carved lines.

And then there are the numerous stones memorializing lives lived well into the nineties, contrary to what we’ve been taught about life in “The Bad Old Days.” I think more school classes ought to take trips to these places.


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