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Stones and Bones of New England: A Guide To Unusual, Historic, And Otherwise Notable Cemeteries Paperback – September 1, 2004
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In Stones and Bones of New England, author Lisa Rogak tells the tales of nearly one hundred of the most intriguing burial grounds in all seven New England states. Included are:
*Hope Cemetery in Barre, Vermont, where elaborately carved sculptures of angels and Greek goddesses can be found next to engravings of an oil truck and a soccer ball
*Spider Gates Cemetery, in Leicester, Massachusetts, a notoriously haunted old Quaker burying ground that is still in use
*Common Burying Ground in Newport, Rhode Island, which contains the graves of African Americans (both free and slave) from Newport's colonial trade days
*Milford Cemetery in Milford, Connecticut, where Mary Fowler's tombstone bears the epitaph, "How soon she's ripe how soon she's rotten / Sent to her grave and soon forgotten."
This highly readable guide also provides all the tools you need to explore on your own, with location information and glossaries that demystify the meaning behind hundreds of commonly carved symbols and headstone abbreviations. Insightful commentaries and interesting facts about funeral customs and traditions make this an engaging resource for casual visitors and ardent taphophiles alike.
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Writing has provided me with a fascinating, adventurous life. I wake up each morning looking forward to discovering what new things I'll learn that day. After all this time, it never ceases to amaze me that I have been able to make my living by indulging my curiosity and asking total strangers really nosy questions...
My latest books include Dogs of Courage: The Heroism and Heart of Working Dogs Around the World, Dan Brown: The Unauthorized Biography, and Pope Francis in His Own Words.
After spending a year traveling around the world as a full-time vagabond, I now split my time between New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Top Customer Reviews
Much of what is in the book seems to be simply research, which could be done by anyone on the internet and at local New England libraries. Each cemetery listed mentions only one or two graves of interest. Also, each state section of the book should have had its own introduction including some history of the state, as well as lore. And while this doesn't need to be a gothic novel featuring Barnabas and Quentin Collins, narrative on the meaning, legends, lore and FEEL of graveyards in New England could have added so much more, including color photos taken during all four seasons. I am reminded of a book on ghosts in New England (forgive me for not recalling the author or title); that author visited many towns and interviewed locals to "get the scoop." Whether you believe the legends or not, it was a great read because of the amount of information provided by locals.
Seems like a rush job. With more work, the book could have been an invaluable resource and historical reference.
Throughout this tour you'll visit cemeteries that are the final resting place of many famous Americans, some infamous Americans, along with suspected witches, not too mention than many of the sites are haunted.
In Connecticut, the Mountain Grove Cemetery is where you'll find the great showman P.T. Barnum buried. But even his 25' tall monument isn't the largest...that honor goes to one of Barnum's most famous attractions, the two foot tall Tomb Thumb who has a 40' obelisk. The Bara Hack Cemetery is not only a haunted cemetery, but is also located in a genuine, deserted ghost town.
Maine features the Brooklin Cemetery where children's author E.B. White is buried. The Old Burying Ground in York features the frequently visited gravef Mary Nasson, suspected of being a witch. A large stone slab covers the ground where she is buried, supposedly to prevent her escape.
As one might suspect, Massachusetts has some of the nation's oldest cemeteries and gravestones.Read more ›
I read the book everytime I had downtime over my trip. It proved to be a good book to dip in and out of. The short chapters are conducive to that. The content was definitely of interest to me, and there were some great, interesting tidbits as well as good local lore. For me, someone who's been to New England only once before, and never before to its cemeteries, it was interesting to read. I definitely wanted more concrete information, but I whiled away my quiet time very nicely with this book. The author's intent wasn't to be comprehensive, but rather to whet the appetite and provide a little guidance on the subject. I'd like to graduate to a more detailed book from here, but I thought 'Stones and Bones' served its purpose quite well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
VERY interesting and informative - not too wordy!!!Published 14 months ago by Margaret Stewart Olson
The subtitle of this book is “A Guide to Unusual, Historic, and Otherwise Notable Cemeteries”, but I’ve found it to be a series of one to two page vignettes about 95 cemeteries in... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Linda Pagliuco
i have to say i read this book over and over and bring it with me into graveyards its a great book some very nice picturesPublished on October 3, 2010 by dawnothedeado
I picked this book up while stuck in an airport, and was optimistic about its contents. I was turned off however to find vague and short descriptions, and at several times, plain... Read morePublished on July 6, 2008 by Amazon Customer