Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Glorious walk

Lori at Before the Stroke of Midnight inspired me after her posts about the cemetery of Sleepy Hollow in NY. It is a truly beautiful series of posts that I highly recommend you check out:) In the meantime I also have a favorite cemetery here in town. Our walk begins at St. Helena church which was established in 1712 with the sanctuary (pictured below) built in 1724. This church was used as a hospital during the Civil War. It is still an active church today with three services on Sunday mornings.

St. Helena, c. 1724
One of the long brick walls leading to the cemetery which surrounds the church.

Today I am featuring the architectural beauty of the cemetary. There is a great deal of ornate ironwork surrounding many of the family plots.






This is one of the marble mosoleums in the churchyard.



More ironwork.

Thanks for strolling through the churchyard with me today. The architecture here is lovely. Tomorrow we will look at all of the amazing flowers growing in this cemetery.

11 comments:

Jodie LeJeune said...

Oh my gosh! Okay, here goes...
I LOVE CEMETERIES!!!!! LOVE THEM!!!

I took LOTS of pictures of the one in Grand Coteau while I was there for the 7 mile yard sale and I am working on putting together a post about it! How ironic!

I love your cemetery...the ironwork is all so beautiful.

Some people may think it's a creepy place to be, but not to me. I think cemeteries are the most peaceful places in the world.

They are like a suspense novel leaving you only to imagine what the ending was...

Thanks for taking me along, please post more!

everything vintage

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

My grandfather used to take us for Sunday afternoon walks through the cemetery. It was so peaceful! Thanks for sharing the photos. I see tatting inspiration!

June said...

What a beautiful place. I adore all the iron work and the church is so pretty. I love the fact that people still meet there. Thanks for taking me along. I'm with JODIE in that I think cemetaries are a comforting place to be.

crochet lady said...

Thanks so much for sharing those photos. I feel like I really took a little tour with you. The iron work really is something.

I like to stroll through old cemeteries too, mostly I have visited old country ones. Most of the plots are simple with few statues or edifaces, but with simple stones etched with poignant goodbyes.

Andrea said...

Very beautiful. So rich in culture and history. When we lived in Savannah, Ga., we had the privilege of visiting cemeteries there, and also one on St. Simon's. It's amazing to walk around and read the stones. I try to imagine what their lives were like back then. Thank you for sharing.

Andrea

Valarie said...

These pictures are absolutely beautiful. I wish I lived closer, and could visit. Have a wonderful day. Valarie

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Stephenie said...

What a beautiful post..All that iron work is just amazing. They don't make stuff like that anymore. That church is just so pretty... I would love to see it in person. Your really took amazing pictures..
Stephenie

Draffin Bears said...

Thank you for taking us on such a glorious walk.
I love the ornate ironwork, so pretty and something you don't see much of in modern times.

When we were kids we used to love walking around to an old cemetry and there was something fascinating looking at all the grave stones, from so long ago.

Have a great week
Hugs
Carolyn

TattingChic said...

Lovely photos!

The Pink Bird House said...

Yet another WONDERFUL tour of places where you live! It is just so lovely there. The old church is amazing, and so old! And the ornate iron work, you captured the details so well in your photos. I had to scroll down and up several times just to see them again and again, and each time I saw yet another detail i had missed. A very nice tour. Thanks for such a terrific post!!

The Pink Bird House said...

by the way, I am still catching up on your posts, and wanted to say how pretty the roses are, silk or real! :-)