In which we discuss:
- The adventure muscles we’re losing in the #staysafestayhome era.
- What historic cemeteries can teach us in this morbid moment.
It’s another mini-episode, pandemic style – with a twist. We’re not Zooming this time, but sharing with you some thoughts, individually recorded, on what we’ve been doing recently. Johnna’s in a closet in New London, talking about traveling, hiking, and fear. Kerri’s in a Hartford neighborhood full of partying children – don’t worry, you can’t hear them – talking about wandering in Connecticut’s burial places.
Links & Further Info:
The article where Kerri’s Elvis quote came from.
Kerri’s graveyard tips:
- Before you go, look at the cemetery website, if they have one. They may have a map showing who is in which section, or if there are self-guided tours. When we are done with this pandemic, there may be group tours or other events.
- Look at Find a Grave which can tell you which notables may be buried in the graveyard you wish to visit. You can also use the “Famous” tab to find where well-known people — and animals — are buried, searching by their claim to fame.
- Bring water and snacks. Not all will have bathroom facilities. Plan accordingly.
- Avoid leaning on stones. They fall over easier than you might think. Watch where you step — groundhog holes and smaller stones can be tripping hazards.
- Note the section you are in, if possible, so if you have a medical situation or anything else happens, you can be descriptive when making that call. This becomes more important when in larger cemeteries where “by the angel” will not work as a landmark.
A few of Kerri’s favorite cemeteries:
- Cedar Hill Cemetery (Hartford, CT)
- Spring Grove Cemetery (Hartford, CT)
- Temple Beth Torah Memorial Park (Wethersfield, CT)
- Shantok Burial Ground (Uncasville, CT)
- Ye Antientist Burial Ground (New London,CT)
- South Cemetery (Tolland, CT)
- Warwick Poor Farm Cemetery (Warwick, RI)
- Provincetown Cemetery (Provincetown, MA)
Music: “Below the Waves” by Keshco