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Maine's Coastal Cemeteries Paperback – January 1, 2003

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Maine’s Coastal Cemeteries grew out of Karen Batignani’s interest in photography: The architectural elements in graveyards provided excellent subject matter. Karen is a former educator with interests in research and history. She lives in Kennebunk, Maine.
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  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Down East Books (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892726040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892726042
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As author Karen Wentworth Batignani points out in the introduction to this book, telling someone that you're interested in cemeteries immediately makes them think you're more than a bit morbid. But cemeteries are among are most important and informative historical locations, especially those from the New England area where are earliest settlers first lived. Karen takes on a whirlwind tour of 38 cemeteries along the coast of Maine. She begins with a primer on cemeteries pointing out how in the 1800's cemeteries were major tourist attractions and also provides a bit of history stone-carving styles and epitaphs.

At each cemetery detailed, Karen provides information on how to get to the cemetery, notes on the landscape and a brief history of each region noting when the cemetery was founded and its earliest dated tombstones, as well as noting some of the more interesting residents buried there. The descriptions are helped greatly by hundreds of photographs showing the various styles of stonework. Since many of the older markers are too difficult to read in the photographs, dozens of epitaphs are re-printed in the book. In addition to the cemeteries, the book also notes any other destinations of note in the nearby area such as museums, historical homes, etc and even provides the hours of operation and phone numbers.

Touring these cemeteries is an enlightening trip back in time to meet many remarkable and courageous men and women who braved incredible dangers from both French and Indian attacks to settle these new lands.

In the York Village Burying Ground we find the grave of Jeremiah Moulton, who was just four years old when his parents were massacred by Abenaki Indians. Young Jeremiah was allowed to go free because the Abenaki found him to be amusing.
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This is an excellent resource for those who love history and how cemeteries add to our knowledge of everyday life in Maine's past.
The author not only takes us on very interesting tours but has also added the local history, legends and folklore associated with each cemetery. I would highly recommend this book for those who love New England and it's rich colonial history.
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I just love cemeteries and love taking pictures of old grave stones. This book is a great one and I would recommend it.
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Great book - well worth the purchase - well-written - interesting content - acurate info - 2 thumbs up! :)
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