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The Chesapeake Book of the Dead: Tombstones, Epitaphs, Histories, Reflections, and Oddments of the Region

The Chesapeake Book of the Dead Tombstones Epitaphs Histories Reflections and Oddments of the Region There is a romantic nostalgic pleasantly melancholy feeling to old cemeteries that is hard to define but easy to experience Perhaps it is because we can feel the direct link to our past that no hist

  • Title: The Chesapeake Book of the Dead: Tombstones, Epitaphs, Histories, Reflections, and Oddments of the Region
  • Author: Helen Chappell Jett V. Starke
  • ISBN: 9780801860416
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Hardcover
  • There is a romantic, nostalgic, pleasantly melancholy feeling to old cemeteries that is hard to define but easy to experience Perhaps it is because we can feel the direct link to our past that no history book, no movie, no historical fantasy can ever convey These stones and these unkempt grounds are the hard evidence of lives that came before us Once, these people live There is a romantic, nostalgic, pleasantly melancholy feeling to old cemeteries that is hard to define but easy to experience Perhaps it is because we can feel the direct link to our past that no history book, no movie, no historical fantasy can ever convey These stones and these unkempt grounds are the hard evidence of lives that came before us Once, these people lived and breathed, loved, worked, fought, hoped and despaired, and experienced their triumphs and failures just as we do today And, although we seldom care to acknowledge it, we will inevitably go where they have gone from the PrefaceFor the many people who enjoy walking through old cemeteries, exploring forgotten and overgrown graveyards, and reading the names, dates, and epitaphs of the dead, the Chesapeake Bay region offers a rich assortment of final resting places, many dating back to the early 1600s From Williamsburg to Havre de Grace, it is not uncommon to see a number of the living wandering among the markers of the dead Some are genealogists and historians, others come in search of quietude and a tangible connection to the past.In The Chesapeake Book of the Dead, Helen Chappell and photographer Starke Jett survey this rich legacy, from the vast and imposing Arlington National Cemetery to lone graves so modest as to have been lost almost as soon as they were dug Chappell and Jett visit graveyards of the famous and the obscure, wander through cemeteries dotted with both elaborate funerary and simple, weather beaten headstones, and discover epitaphs that range from the literary to the amusing to the poignant As old grave sites disappear under developers bulldozers, through neglect, and at the hands of unscrupulous headstone collectors, this remarkable book offers a unique and elegiac look at our past and its tales of love and tragedy.Among the cemeteries explored are Southeast Washington s Congressional Cemetery posthumous home to composer John Philip Sousa, FBI head J Edgar Hoover, pioneering feminist and muckraking journalist Anne Royall, and Choctaw chief and notable military tactician Pushmataha Balti s Green Mount Cemetery built in the 1830s as Balti s first sylvan graveyard and Westminster Burying Ground in downtown Balti At Westminster lies the grave of Edgar Allan Poe, which a mysterious figure visits each year on Poe s birthday to leave roses and a bottle of brandy The book also describes the final resting places for such celebrities as Dorothy Parker Chappell located her ashes at the NAACP headquarters in Balti , F Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald buried in Rockville at Scott s wish, because, he insisted, I belong here, in Maryland, where everything is civilized and gay and rotted and polite , and cosmopolitan actress Tallulah Bankhead interred in a plot her sister provided near Chestertown.Included throughout this fascinating book are essays on mourning fashion and deathbed performances, graveyard ghost stories, discussions of efforts to save historic cemeteries, and notes from the diary of a nineteenth century doctor who today is buried in Rising Sun Cemetery alongside many of his patients Chappell s lively prose, accompanied by Jett s haunting black and white photographs, will delight all those drawn to the seclusion, peacefulness, and melancholy of old graveyards.Jacket illustration Lower Hooper s Island, Maryland

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    1 thought on “The Chesapeake Book of the Dead: Tombstones, Epitaphs, Histories, Reflections, and Oddments of the Region

    1. This is a very strange book, more a collection of ghost stories than essays about cemeteries. The author was inspired by the legendary Wisconsin Death Trip, but instead of collecting news stories, historical photos, and real-world evidence of how things were, she collects urban legends and tales of hauntings, reproducing some in dialect that mimics oral accounts without actually being quoted. Woven around those stories are her memories of growing up in an abandoned graveyard near her father's fa [...]

    2. Excellent to read after a day tromping around St. Peter’s Cemetery on Bentalou Street - the abandoned and forgotten and lost cemeteries of Maryland. Excellent stories and evocative pictures

    3. Consider, if you will, the paradox inherent in Helen Chappell's The Chesapeake Book of the Dead. One would think that a book that examines burial customs in the Chesapeake region, that looks at how death and dying have been commemorated in those parts of Maryland and Virginia that are among the oldest areas of European settlement in what is now the United States, would be somehow morbid. And yet Chappell makes clear why the subject matter of this book should matter to all of us:Once, these peopl [...]

    4. Interesting approach to finding & appreciating old cemeteries. I have been fascinated with epitaphs since I was quite young. New England has some of the best & then I went to Boot Hill in Tombstone, Arizona. WOW! " Hanged by mistake" was amazing to see & even more unbelievable to realize that it had taken place & I was standing not too far from where it had taken place. This book 'takes' the reader to various old cemeteries around the Chesapeake area, explains how they are connec [...]

    5. Chappell, previously a mystery writer, undertook the task of identifying and retelling the stories of the dead in her native Chesapeake region. The photographies are stunning, and the stories are very memorable.

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