Graveyards Town Shoot Out: Historically Interesting But Still Creepy Overall

It is "My Town" shoot out day, where both professional and amateur photographers show off the best of their towns. The theme this week is graveyards. If you are new to this concept, and want to join us next week, check out Patty's blog post last week for more information.

I finally found out where the South Haven cemetery is located and decided to take an afternoon visit today. There were many old and interesting headstones at the Rose Hill Cemetery, but I think graveyards are inherently creepy. Especially this one, as it was on a rather isolated gravelly country road, and there was a thunderstorm brewing at the time I visited. Doesn't get much creepier than that, unless I were to visit at night, and trust me, that will NOT happen!

If you have a minute, check out the link for more information about the Rose Hill Cemetery. This is quite an interesting website that I found, wherein you can locate almost any cemetery in the U.S., either by name or by county if you don't know the name, and read all about is origins.

One item of note about this particular grave yard:
Early in the summer of 1948, a man's body was found burned in a straw stack. It is believed the man was killed before the stack had been set afire. From South Haven this stack was 1½ south and 3/4 west. Since he could not be identified, he was buried in the NW corner of the older part of the cemetery, and a large rock was placed at his grave for a marker.

I did not find the aforementioned large rock in the graveyard, but like I said, a thunderstorm was brewing, so I didn't stay for an extended period of time. I also had plans to visit six cemeteries in our county today, but since I left my list/map at home on the kitchen table, I only made it to this one.

A faraway view of the cemetery entrance

This interesting marker in the shape of a tree trunk is mentioned
in the description of the Rose Hill Cemetery at the above website.

I've never seen a Brinks truck follow a hearse to the cemetery.
~ Barbara Hutton


  1. The cemetery idea is pretty cool. Mind you I would not do a night shoot there LOL but I'd have no problem walking around snapping pics during the day. There's something about reading the tombstones and wondering who these people really were....

    Tink *~*~*
    Fort Myers Beach Moon

  2. I love to walk around in old cemeteries..while I still can! HA!
    To answer your question, The scandinavian women up here make egg coffee for funerals and anniversaries at the churches. You boil water in an old metal pot, then you take it off of the heat and throw in coffee grounds that have an egg mixed in..cover it up, wait a bit for the grounds to settle and then enjoy the best coffee around. :)

  3. Sounds like a great field trip--good to hear you still have more to do.

    I don't even rank as an amateur photographer, but working for a small organization, I many times take my own images for our publications. For one historical piece, I took some photos of an old cemetery in the middle of nowhere. I had lots of fun taking pictures of old iron gates and signs, and a marker for local Underground Railroad activist. A good way to spend a work morning.

  4. Great pix.
    I am so intrigued by cemeteries but am totally creeped out by them.

  5. All that I can say Oz Land Lady is WOW!!!
    I'm so very glad that you joined the "Friday Shoot-Out". Isn't it fun?
    We are letting Butler and/or Bagman choose next week's theme. He is going to have to do a little better with his choice though, lol.
    He said "Wild Animal's". Don't know about you, but I'm just not going to step into the path of the huge tiger's that lurk in the woods in Newnan for a snapshot you know?? (Mark knows how dearly I love him and I love to tease him mercessly).
    I'm sorry that I'm so behind in commenting. It's the medication. I have been reading your blog and it is truly a bright spot for me.
    You're a lovely lady with a h~o~t hubby, lol.
    Hope your weekend is filled with much love, joy and laughter and......

    Steady On
    Reggie Girl

  6. Our old cemetery has one of those headstones that looks like a tree trunk. Pretty unusual. There is a cemetery in NW Oklahoma that has some of the most beautiful headstones I've ever seen. I was told that the people of the community don't believe in doctors so there are a lot of children's graves. They may not spend money on health care but they sure spend a lot on the headstones. Kinda sad!

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