Hiking in general and Geocaching in particular takes me to out-of-the-way places. Places one doesn’t expect to find, one of those places is cemeteries. Besides the large cemeteries usually found near churches one can find small family plots, with as few as one solitary headstone or maybe a dozen. When the weather is cooperating and I have a camera with me I’ll snap a few shots.
Here in Columbia I recently came across the burial site of John Francis Wyman 1838-1880. According to a plaque posted near-by he enlisted in the Union Army in August of 1861 and was discharged as QMSGT in 1865. After his service to the Union he settled and operated a farm overlooking the Middle Patuxent River near Columbia, Md. and died as a result of a railroad accident in July of 1880. I was able to reach this historical site only after a hike of about one mile.
More recently I was hiking on trails around Lake Marburg in Codorus State Park near Hanover, Pa and came across another small graveyard, the Manheim Union Burial Ground
This small cemetery has some of the early York County, Pa. pioneers. In 1967 the site of the original cemetery was threatened by the waters of Lake Marburg so the tombstones were removed and relocated to the current site, just off one of the hiking trails and a new monument was placed by the trustees. Some of the remaining headstones are placed around the monument, a few of them are readable.
I vacationing in Southwestern Iceland recently. Many small towns have small churches, I actually hesitate to call them small towns. Some of these churches seem are standing all alone but must pull parishioners from miles around. I counted seats on some, as few as 50. Yes they are small churches by US standards. And around each of them is the church graveyard. Though Iceland’s history goes back to the 900s, with a casual glance I was not able to find any headstones with dates before about 1700. I am preparing photos of some of these churches and will have them in another few posts, keep reading. In the mean time here are two photos of some of the cemeteries, the photos may show puddles, yes it was raining, No! an actual downpour – not the best condition for taking photos..