Today's photo theme on G+ is #cemeterysaturday so it was fortuitous that the Peterborough Historical Society sponsored a guided tour of Village Cemetery on Concord Street. Michelle Stahl led the tour pointing out prominent graves and explaining the changing views of death that took place in the 1800s.
The word cemetery is derived from the Greek κοιμητήριον, meaning "sleeping place".
|Michelle Stahl explaining the post war interest in American History after the Civil War almost undid our democracy.|
|I was curious about the Latin which I flunked in High School|
This means "I shall rise again"
|New Hampshire was a long way from the slavery in the South but Fanny Smith had this inscription added .|
She also left money for the education of black women.
She was motivated after hearing Frederick Douglas speak.
|The monolith dwarfs other tombstones|
|View of the cemetery|
|A common motif, urn represents the body, the willow is mourning|
The obelisks were a nod to Egyptian architecture which was in vogue