The people who did gravestones in the 1700's were respected artists who did some very beautiful work. This was a particularly lovely stone. Again, as I mentioned earlier, I am wondering about the mint condition of these stones...and question if they are reproductions. No matter...they make wonderful examples and excellent candidates for grave rubbings.
THE STONE SAYS:
Here lies buried the body of John Meluen who Decd. Aug y 21st 1726 in y 74th year of His Age.
PLEASE ENLARGE SOME OF THESE GRAVESTONE PICS ... THEY TRULY ARE WORKS OF ART
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We see the contrast of my son on his cell phone walking amongst the grave stones of the 1700's. Actually the hillside is very pleasant...and I would recommend you take the walk...maybe a cold drink or a picnic lunch at the top would be quite lovely actually. Incidentally, there is a wonderful view of the town from the top of the hill.
I mention walking in the sunlight cause I think it could be creepy and dangerous coming down that hill after dark. Hmmmmm maybe all you Halloween-ers would enjoy that.
Favorite thing: We were certain this lovely Greek Revival structure must have once been a bank building, but is now in use as a retail shop. That's what is nice about the New England towns of today. Rather than tearing down old mills and banks and such...there is a new use found and restoration has kept the flavor of history and the character of the town. How different it would have been if this building had been demolished and a modern fast food chain had built something to replace it. viva la PRESERVATION !!!
Favorite thing: At the main intersection of Concord there is a lovely little "pocket park" with green and shade....as well as a veterans memorial. It's a nice spot to reflect or rest...perhaps check your list to see the next direction. I wondered about this old veteran as he went toward the memorial with his walker...slowly and deliberately. Today he's a slightly handicapped older man...but what was his past? Could be one of those heroes from the war movies, for all we know. It is sometimes fascinating to listen to their stories.
Gardening has become quite fashionable once again...with the 100 garden catelogues I get in the mail every week. Concord has had its share of beautiful GARDENS for generations...obviously. This old wrought iron fence is beautifully done and striking in the street scape.
Again...you will note how close the cemetery comes to the houses along the main street. They are just about part of the back garden.
Favorite thing: This page obviously is for those of you who love cemeteries and grave stones...or do grave rubbings. Wish I would go back and do some rubbings myself. I cannot say enough about the plethora of wonderful stones in this expansive cemetery which is located at the main intersection of Concord...and is very much a part of the daily life here. Perhaps because of it being so exposed to the traffic and general public, it doesn't appear to suffer the vandalism of so many other historic cemeteries which are more hidden from the public eye.
Favorite thing: see historic architecture. Concord is filled with a wealth of colonial and early 19th century homes, thanks to laws that protect the town from encroaching suburban development. Biking through the countryside outside the town centre allows for the feel of a New England landscape just following the War of 1812, still bucolic and open, interspersed with whit clapboard or brick-sided homes. Many of Concord's historic homes were home to famous authors like Thoreau or Alcott, others are worth a look just for their obsolescent charm. This sprawling old farmhouse, which looks to have been built in the late 17th or early 18th century, is right near the famous Old North Bridge.
Favorite thing: wander around central Concord. The centre of town is beautiful, exuding the feel of a New England town in the early 19th century. Most of the original buildings remain and house a wide array of shops- soem selling useful items and others tinkering junk to tourists. Anyway, it's a very quaint and compact town centre...there's a commercial area with a few streets bustling with brick buildings and stores, and the quieter Monument Square area which centers government buildings and churches along the town green. This is where you'll find most of the tourists in the autumn when the town is in high season. There's also a beautiful historic cemetary in the town centre as well with many graves dating to the 1700s.
Favorite thing: The homes on the main street in Concord are really beautiful. This one has some diamond pane windows which would ordinarily be seen in the 1600's homes, but I think this is a much later example.