Taphophile Corner - sharing the passion

If you have been on one of my tours or heard me talk about cemeteries on the radio, you know one thing about me. I have an incredible passion for being a taphophile. I just love to share this information with anyone who will listen.

Recently I was asked if I would make a special trip to visit a young lady who had heard me speak on the topic of cemeteries. She was wondering if I would share an afternoon with her and show her some secrets from her own local cemeteries. To be honest it was quite a drive for me. On the flip side, these were cemeteries I don't get a chance to explore very often.  OK, I was sold.

The girl's mother was concerned that they would have to pick a cemetery that was "good enough" to go to.

I assured them both, just point me into the direction of ANY cemetery and I will find something amazing. Some of the most wonderful finds are hidden in tiny cemeteries.

We were not let down… the small cemeteries of the area delivered beautifully. One cemetery became two, which led to a third. In all we spent four speedy hours strolling around teaching and discovering. As seen above we found a beautiful slate with the hands of three children pointing to Heaven. Spectacular! A rare WWI flag holder. Even a stellar white bronze monument with a Civil War soldier riding his horse.

We talked about dates and wars. Found headstones with their matching footstones and even found a tree eating up an old fence. Lastly I showed this young lady my cemetery kit and how I cleaned stones before I photographed them.

I can tell you for certain – lichen has met it's match with a brush and a popscicle stick in her hands!

So get out there, do what you love and share it with others. Don't just talk about it, make it happen.


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