Road Trip to Mount Auburn Cemetery, Part 1

Lisa, Pat, and Leslie visited Mount Auburn Cemetery on Friday, July 27.

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We saw gorgeous landscaping…

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(Yes, that’s Pat taking a photo.)

Tagged trees…

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…and shrubs…

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Creative ground cover of all types — here’s one example (this is actually tall grass, photographed from a height):

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Here it is “in context,” looking straight down from the top of Washington Tower (95 steps to reach the top):

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(Yes, that’s Pat sitting on the bench below.)

We found Salem’s own Nathaniel Bowditch…

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…and another native son of Salem, Samuel Putnam…

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…sharing his wife’s family plot with James Russell Lowell:

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Nearby we found (after much searching) Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s resting place.

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We also came across that of George Angell (of Angell Memorial Hospital fame):

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Other noteworthy sights:

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(Especially handy for visitors who come when the Information Center is closed. Holds racks with maps and informational literature. Some is free; some are 50c or $1, paid on the honor system.)

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(One of several donation boxes.)

Signage is dignified and clear. Supplementing signs like these are information handouts and posters reminding people to treat the site with respect.

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More sights:

Paupers’ burial ground. This is one of just 60 cast-iron fences enclosing plots in the cemetery, down from about 1,700 in the 1850s. Maintenance issues and aesthetics led to the removal of most of these enclosures. The ones that remain are given special attention and protective treatment.

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This stunning tree has us stumped — anyone know what it is?

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And what about this bird, that we saw in Halcyon Pond? Possibly a juvenile cormorant?

Charlie or Cody, what do you think?

 

Finally, a view in Consecration Dell (site of the cemetery’s consecration in 1831).

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