Afternoon at the Cemetery

I took the photo myself.
@akalinus (15823)
United States
February 1, 2017 3:54pm CST
Last week, my friend and I went to the Tucker Family Cemetery. The Tucker family first settled in the Zephyrhills, Florida area in 1842 although their history shows ancestors in the area in the 1700s.. They planted the first orange groves in the area that became Tucker Town. They used slaves for most of this work, unfortunately. Tucker Town became Richland because of the soil unique for growing oranges. Richland is known for its orange groves. They maintained a cemetery on Melrose Ave. for themselves and their slaves. Sarah Tucker was the first buried at the site. In 1985, Pasco County took over the cemetery for the burial of indigents. They also maintain the sites for the Tuckers and their slaves. The old grave sites are interesting and full of history. I saw two brothers, both from the Civil War. They were in different Cavalry units. Most poignant are the baby graves with toys, crosses, angels, and candles on their tiny graves. Do you ever explore old cemeteries, soak in history and ambiance, and wonder about the lives and the adventures of ones buried there?
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@garymarsh6 (14134)
• United Kingdom
14 Feb 17
Yes there are some wonderful graveyards in England especially in London. Some of the graveyards in France are amazing too. There is one particular Mausoleum I would love to visit but it will never happen as it is never rarely open to the public. Even to see a glimpse of it would make my day. Its the Mausoleum of Queen Victoria. Westminster Abbey contains many famous people and memorials to them. St Goerges Chapel at Windsor Castle is stunning.
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
14 Feb 17
A lot of old churches have people buried at them. I mostly wonder about ordinary people who led ordinary lives, not so much the rich and famous. A cemetery is a glimpse into the past.
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@BelleStarr (38387)
• United States
21 Feb 17
Gary I have been to Frogmore and it was a day to remember. The duke and duchess of Windsor r there too!!
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
21 Feb 17
@BelleStarr Is that a cemetery? It is a strange name.
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@just4him (117490)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Feb 17
The last time I went to a cemetery for that purpose was over 40 years ago. I was in the Navy, boot camp actually, on boot liberty. We went to Lancaster Pennsylvania. I found the cemetery very interesting. A lot of history written in those stones about the people buried there, many of them before the Revolutionary War. Their churches were just as historical. One had an eagle as a pulpit.
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
3 Feb 17
How interesting! I like to learn about the past.
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@just4him (117490)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Feb 17
@akalinus It really was. Cemeteries here are plain and give me no reason to want to go in them.
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
7 Feb 17
@just4him I guess each one is different with a different style.
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@shaggin (36924)
• United States
1 Feb 17
I used to love going to cemeteries and walking around when I was young. I still find them interesting but I usually only go now to find letterboxes and geocaches.
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
1 Feb 17
Tell me about that. What are letterboxes and geocaches? They sound intriguing.
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@shaggin (36924)
• United States
2 Feb 17
@akalinus They are little containers people hide at locations they enjoy to bring others to see them like at waterfalls and parks etc. With geocaching you use an app and it has a description of the type of thing and place you are looking for and then with coordinates you search for it. You write your name on a log (notebook or paper) and then if there are things inside you like such as little trinkets you can trade for things you have. Letterboxing is similar but you find a container that only has a notebook and hand carved rubber stamp. You sign the notebook and stamp it with your own stamp and then jump the notebook you have you stamp the stamp you find it it as a log of all the ones you find. Both are a lot of fun but geocaching is more popular and more fun in my opinion.
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
2 Feb 17
@shaggin They both sound like fun. So some of these things might be in cemeteries, also?
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Feb 17
I find old cemeteries very interesting and some of the gravestones very poignant.
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
2 Feb 17
It ripped my heart out to see the little dolls, cars and trucks, and the toy fish and animals, I could feel the anguish and grief of the parents right there in that place. Do you think there is a spirit around the cemeteries that hang around and others feel it?
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Feb 17
@akalinus I do think others feel it but I don't really. I don't know that that is good or bad. Do you remember Deb? (crazyhorselady). She was one who was never comfortable in cemeteries and other places where there had been dreadful trauma. Back then too there would have been many more small children pass away from various reasons.
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
2 Feb 17
@JudyEv Deb is still around, isn't she? I guess I did not know her name but I definitely remember Crazyhorselady. She is one of a kind.
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@DianneN (78466)
• United States
17 Feb 17
I enjoy visiting old cemeteries. I find them interesting and poignant. My favorites were in Europe.
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
17 Feb 17
I like old country cemeteries like the one in my discussion. I have not been to Europe, wish I had gone.
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22 Feb 17
no, i only go to the cemetery to visit my son's grave. and i hate to do that even.
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
22 Feb 17
So sorry. It is hard to lose a child whatever age.
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22 Feb 17
@akalinus yes, my son was 13. i struggle with the loss every day
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
22 Feb 17
@jillybean1222 I'm so sorry. Message me if you want to talk about it.
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• United States
9 Feb 17
There is an old cemetery near my church and I occasionally walk through and look at the headstones. There is one there from the early 1900's of a baby who only lived to be a day old. It's very sad.
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
9 Feb 17
I think those are the saddest of all. They never had a chance to live and experience anything.
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• United States
10 Feb 17
@akalinus It's heartbreaking... :-(
@akalinus (15823)
• United States
12 Feb 17
@missjessicadawn The one I went to had a stone that just said, "Baby" on it. Apparently, they did not even give it a name.
@Tampa_girl7 (25735)
• United States
22 Feb 17
Yes, I love old cemeteries.
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
22 Feb 17
There is a connection with the past there.
@BelleStarr (38387)
• United States
21 Feb 17
I love to explore old cemeteries, you learn a lot about history and it is eye opening
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
22 Feb 17
History and wondering about the lives they lived.
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@jstory07 (67239)
• Roseburg, Oregon
18 Feb 17
Thanks for sharing the history. I love history.
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
18 Feb 17
I do too. This cemetery is only a handful of miles down the road from me. Don't know why I have not shared this before.
• Manahawkin, New Jersey
15 Feb 17
Cemetery's are peaceful
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
17 Feb 17
Mostly quiet and peaceful.
@jhechorain (1218)
• Susanville, California
9 Feb 17
Well it wouldn't be my first choice to spend an afternoon. At least you got some history out of it.
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
10 Feb 17
Not everyone sees things in the same way. That's fine.
@MALUSE (40353)
• Germany
3 Feb 17
We live near an old cemetery which became a park already 80 years ago. In summer I like to sit there.
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
12 Feb 17
Always fun to sit in a park.
@sans224 (1833)
2 Feb 17
its great to see how well some cemeteries are kept without disturbing their history.
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
2 Feb 17
This one is kept very nicely. I went there more than ten years ago and there were stones and plaques laying around everywhere. Now, it is all cleaned up but I think a lot of graves are unmarked. I'm not sure why the markers were scattered around.
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@ketyv12 (273)
• Bat Yam, Israel
1 Feb 17
Yes I do, thank you for the interesting information!
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
1 Feb 17
You're welcome. Have you ever just walked around a cemetery to see what is there?
@PatZAnthony (12663)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
1 Feb 17
Exploring such places can be great fun! One of the most interesting ones we visited was in St. Augustine, FL.
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
1 Feb 17
Is that the oldest cemetery in America. Or is it just the oldest town?
@PainsOnSlate (20254)
• Canada
22 Feb 17
I love walking the cemeteries for the history, every time I can I'm there especially if there are really old sections. The cemetery you are talking about must have been something to see..
@akalinus (15823)
• United States
22 Feb 17
It is old. There are graves from the 1800s there. It is not that big, though. The first time I went, there were a lot of stones and wooden markers scattered around. I don't know where those went. I think a lot of graves are not marked.
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• Canada
23 Feb 17
@akalinus I've seen markers disappear too but usually replaced by stone...
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
24 Feb 17
@PainsOnSlate I'm not sure what happened in this cemetery. The county took it over and cleaned it up and I'm not sure what happened to the stones and markers. I do believe there are people resting there without markers.
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@moffittjc (43141)
• Gainesville, Florida
5 Feb 17
I love visiting old cemeteries, and just about anywhere I travel, I always keep my eyes open for old cemeteries. I love to visit them and walk around and read the old tombstones. Each cemetery tells a story. It's pretty cool. I'm a sucker for them.
@akalinus (15823)
• United States
7 Feb 17
I look at the stones and wonder about the people and what lives they led and what secrets they keep.
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@moffittjc (43141)
• Gainesville, Florida
7 Feb 17
@akalinus I do the same. Sometimes their epitaphs give clues to what their lives were like when they were alive; sometimes I just have to make an educated guess.
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
14 Feb 17
@moffittjc I don't remember seeing anything like that. It must have been an accident or fire or something awful like that.
@Corbin5 (106702)
• United States
1 Feb 17
Well, I have just visited cemeteries in which ancestors, none of whom I have met, are buried. My father's side has a family cemetery in Pitt County, NC, and that one I would like to see since it goes back to the 1700s.
@akalinus (15823)
• United States
1 Feb 17
I take it that you have not been there? I bet there is a lot of history and interesting graves there. Just to stand where they all are should be an interesting experience.
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@Corbin5 (106702)
• United States
1 Feb 17
@akalinus No, have never visited that cemetery. Richard Haddock Sir Admiral is our only knight in the family and his son was the first to be buried in the Haddock cemetery in NC. Would an interesting visit for sure.
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@akalinus (15823)
• United States
2 Feb 17
@Corbin5 I hope you get to go sometime!
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