Grave Markers II: Tree Stones

Continuing with the photos from the “Markers” volumes, by the Association for Graveyard Studies, here are several gravestones that were carved to resemble trees, and one that was made from petrified wood. Click any picture to enlarge.

stumpstone

Lamb and portrait with tree-stump tombstone. Farris monument, 1947. Beech Grove Cemetery, Bedford, Lawrence County, Indiana.

symbolsstump

Fraternal symbolism on tree-stump tombstone. Voorhis monument, 1891. I.O.O.F. Cemetery, New Waverly, Cass County, Indiana.

treestone

Smith monument, 1920. Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. This has got to be one of the most beautiful gravestones I’ve seen (in a photo anyways). Take a closer look, the chain inside the tree is held taut by a hand on each end.

petwoodstone

Ray H. Dunlop gravestone of petrified wood.

That’s it for tonight folks. Stay tuned for the next installment.

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~ by Laura on September 18, 2009.

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