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September 24, 2018

Sandra Scott Travels: Make No Bones About It, Cemeteries Are Interesting

Last week I asked: Where can you take an interesting walk?

In a cemetery.

Cemetery tours can be educational and relaxing.

Cemetery tours can be educational and relaxing.

Cemeteries might not seem like a likely place to visit as a tourist but they are.

Some people visit cemeteries to pay homage to presidents, artist, poets and other influential individuals.

Others go to admire the art and architecture, while still others find the beautifully landscaped gardens a place to reflect.

1.     Arlington National Cemetery: The military cemetery located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. It is the most visited cemetery in the United States. It is the grave site of President John F. Kennedy. The Changing of the Guard at the tomb of the Unknown Soldiers has taken place every day without interruption since 1937.

Gettysburg National Cemetery

Gettysburg National Cemetery

2.     Gettysburg National Cemetery: This Pennsylvania site is the final resting place for more than 3,500 Union soldiers killed in the Battle of Gettysburg, considered the turning point in the Civil War. There are numerous monuments including one to President Abraham Lincoln where on November 19, 1863 Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address speech.

3.     St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans: There are many tours of this cemetery where, because of the high water table the deceased are interred in above-ground, whitewashed crypts topped with statues. It is a stop on the African-American Heritage Trail. Many noted individuals are interred here including New Orleans’ famous voodoo priestess Marie Laveau.

Gettysburg Address

Gettysburg Address

4.     Colonial Park Cemetery: With live oaks draped in Spanish moss it is Savannah’s oldest and most haunted cemetery. The Gen. Sherman’s soldiers changed the dates on dozens of headstones indicating that some of the interred lived 100s of year. According to Josiah Muir’s stone he was 11 when he died and his son died the same year at the age of 12.

5.     Lakeview Cemetery: The Cleveland, Ohio cemetery is for Tiffany-lovers. It is home to the Wade Memorial Chapel and boasts of one of the few interiors in the world that was entirely designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his studio. The chapel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

6.     Forest Lawn Cemetery: Architecture lovers will enjoy Buffalo’s Forest Lawn Cemetery. It claims to be one of the world’s finest outdoor museums with monuments, sculptures and mausoleums designed by great sculptors and architects including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Blue Sky Mausoleum and Tiffany stained glass.

Woodlawn Cemetery

Woodlawn Cemetery

7.     Woodlawn Cemetery: The Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, N.Y. was one the earliest garden cemeteries in the United States. The curving road through the rolling hills passes by hundreds of mausoleums, many designed by noted architects. Irving Berlin and Herman Melville are just a few of the famous people interred there.

8.     Hollywood Forever Cemetery: Starry-eyed travelers should visit Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the final resting place of many of Hollywood’s greats. It is on the National Register of Historic Sites. Visit and pay your respects to Rudolph Valentino, Cecil B. DeMille, and many more legends of the screen.

the Johnson Family Cemetery

The Johnson Family Cemetery

9.     Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park: Some cemeteries are under the auspices of a local government while others are military and a few are private family cemeteries such as the Johnson Family Cemetery which is now part of a national historic park. LBJ is buried in the same area where he was raised.



10.                        Boothill Graveyard: Those interested in the Old West should head to Tombstone Arizona where about 250 people “died with their boots on.” Lester T. Moore who died in the 1880s has what is probably the most famous epitaph: “Here lies Lester Moore, four slugs from a 44, no Les no more.”

Travel Trivia Tease™: Where can you learn to make Jingha Masala?

Look for the answer next week.

Sandra and her husband, John, have been exploring the world for decades, always on the lookout for something new and unique to experience. We have sailed down the Nile for a week on a felucca, stayed with the Pesch Indians in La Mosquitia, visited schools in a variety of countries, and — to add balance to our life — stayed at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Let the fun continue!

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