Thursday, May 8, 2014

Good Fences #7

"Old Settler's Cemetery"
Copper Harbor, Michigan
Keweenaw Peninsula
~Established 1853~

There are graves next to the trees.

Some of the fences are in disrepair.

"Amanda"
There are no details about Amanda, 
but her fence is made of painted iron.

Many of the wooden fences deteriorated.

The graves remain, and their 
history is deep & bittersweet.


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  1. These are just excellent choices. As a child I feared these places. Now as a wiser adult, I find them relaxing, peaceful and interesting. I plan on posting some of these too, sometime. Thanks for the tour!

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    1. I love old cemeteries. I visit them when I get a chance. Someone needs to remember these forgotten souls.

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  2. oh, so sweet, though. thanks, mcguffy ann!

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    1. Thank you, T. I find grave fences interesting.

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  3. ...that would be a specific place to visit if I were there. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Anni. I have visited it a couple of times, and hope to again.

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  4. Beautiful photographs! So peaceful looking. When I was a young bride we were looking at a house to buy and over the fence I looked, to find some very old graves from the Civil War years. It gave me a real start. Young ones don't like that sort of thing but before we could put a bid on the house or not because I think the graves would have been a deal breaker, hubby was sent to the west coast and off we went. Now, I find myself being totally at peace in such surroundings, and realizing the history behind those headstones. A lovely post, thank you for sharing.

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    1. That is an amazing story! This cemetery is next to Ft. Wilkes. It is an 1844 military outpost. There are graves at the outpost, too. History is all around up there.

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  5. Ahhhh...a nice variety here!...:)JP

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  6. It would be interesting to know the history behind each one, wouldn't it! I often wonder about that. So glad you enjoyed the sheep post this morning. Thanks for stopping in.

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    1. I truly wish I knew their history. It is sad that they are forgotten. They worked so hard to pave the way, and are now lost forever.

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  7. Great post. It is sad that the grave sites deteriorate with time when no one comes to visit any more.

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    1. The town has now taken over to keep things up, but the stories are long gone.

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  8. How sad that the fences are in disrepair. I suppose the families are long gone and there's no one to care for the graves. Except for Amanda's. She must have been very special to someone. A lovely peaceful spot even if a sad one. Have a great day! Pamela

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    1. I agree with you, Pamela. I wish I knew Amanda's story. There is no longer a readable marker, and no one knows her past.

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  9. I love your choices today for good fences- I became a taphophile after walking through so many cemeteries investigating family history.

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    1. Terri, that is something we have in common. However, my family history is quite fragmented on both sides. I have uncovered some things, but most is lost in time. I guess this is why I feel so strongly about it, and the forgotten souls.

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  10. Wonderful photos! I would love to visit there!

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    1. I hope to re-visit. It is a beautiful place.

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  11. I remember visiting a family cemetery with my mother-in-law. Markers were turned over and the earth seemed just churned up. I understand now why there are "perpetual care" cemeteries...the earth, the surroundings, and the elements bring change. Lovely little spot and judging by its condition, someone is doing all they can to keep up with Nature. Bless them.

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    1. Indeed, the people have taken over. History is rich up there, and they care about their own. It is extreme northern Michigan, so they are somewhat isolated by weather and conditions.

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  12. What a bittersweet yet yearningly lovely thing.

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  13. I really don't think I have ever seen grave fences before!

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    1. I had not either. I am curious about Amish cemeteries. I hope to visit one.

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  14. This post brings out sad and sweet emotions....I love old cemeteries.

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  15. Aha ... you have been keeping these a secret. So you know more than just the local historic cemeteries ... this is very interesting, McGuffy and great pictures. I too often wonder what each story is and if they are someone our ancestors might have run across in their lifetime. I will have to dig out some of my old cemetary pictures and see if there are any fences :) Nice choice ...

    Andrea @ From the Sol.

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    1. History and its raw artifacts interest me. You know I love these things. Cemeteries offer both, quite well. I always feel a connection of sorts.

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  16. Your photos of this cemetery sure reach out to the heart.

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    1. Thanks, Marilyn. They certainly did me, so I am glad I captured that.

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  17. Last year I had the chance to visit an old cemetery while attending a burial service and was appalled at how neglected one old burial site was. It had an old shabby fence around a burial plot and there were some old stuffed teddy bears deteriorating, old delapitated flowers and it didn't look well taken care of. It made me wonder why this family had neglect their plot. What was their story... It felt kind of sad.
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    1. It makes me wonder what happened to the family. How utterly sad.

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  18. I enjoy visiting cemetaries. As a child they creeped me out, but as an adult I find them peaceful. Very nice fences.

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    1. They have never creeped me out, Roan. I always felt a pull, to find out their stories.

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  19. Fascinating images. We enjoy visiting cemeteries, especially those connected with the Civil War and reading so much history in them.

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  20. I don't think I have ever seen a fence around a grave!! Great captures, very interesting!!

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    1. I thought it was unusual, too. I love it though. It seems so protective.

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  21. sweet and sad.
    It would be so interesting to know their stories.....and so sad that no one is there to take care of their final resting places. nice photos.

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    1. I am not sure if it will be rebuilt, though they have cleaned it up and keep watch over it now.

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  22. Great photographs with lots of feeling inside; I always think the difference of the cemetery and grave form ours.

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. It is interesting how cultures have their own ways with things like this. Thanks, Orchid.

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  23. Some different types of fences - all with stories attached. I love Amanda's fence - what a lovely touch :D)

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  24. I like visiting old cemeteries with the old headstones and questions of why this person died. I often wondered why anyone would put up a small fence around a single grave, though. Do you know why? These are gr8 photos!

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    1. I agree; do, too. I have heard different reasons for the fence graves. It is interesting.

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    1. That's why we need to remember and honour them; they deserve it. They helped found our country.

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  26. Your images capture so well what makes cemeteries so fascinating. They contain so many stories, told and untold.

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    1. Thank you! I do not see them as scary or bad. If a cemetery made me uncomfortable, I would not stay.

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  27. A lovely peaceful place and interesting fences.

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    1. Thank you, Margaret. I really felt that way.

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  28. Nice! I'm a MI native myself.

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  29. I like reading old tombstones. Fewer people opt for them now, I wonder how long until they no longer exist.

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    1. I agree. Even those who are buried opt of the flat marker, which often does not say much. We are such a disposable society, that even our history and our people are disposable.

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  30. Those old cemeteries have such history in them. To bad there wasn't more information about (Amanda) such an interesting grave.

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    1. I know. There just is nothing about her. Sad.

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  31. what a great choice for the good fences theme... i love old graveyards. we have a grave site dated in the 1800s but they don't have wood fences surrounding them. only their plaques and the trees that fence them. hope all is well. have a great day~

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