I devised a scavenger hunt that would get everyone looking closely at the iconography and epitaphs. They tried to find,
• a gravestone dated before 1680
• a gravestone dedicated to three or more people
• a gravestone with no iconography (letters only)
• death imps carrying a coffin
• a Masonic square and compass
• a carving of a weeping willow bent over an urn
• a winged hourglass
• a mustache
• a pair of breasts
• a cross*
• an epitaph entirely in Latin
• an epitaph that uses the letter v rather than the letter u
• an epitaph with an Old Style/New Style date (ex: 1691/2 or 1742/3)
• an epitaph that gives the deceased’s age in years, months, and days
• an epitaph that refers to a woman as the “relict” of a man
• an epitaph that identifies the deceased’s profession (other than minister!)
• the grave of Rev. Eliakim Willis (aka “Fish Lips”)
• the grave of Rev. Michael Wigglesworth, poet
• the grave of Lt. Phineas Upham, who died in King Philip’s War
One of the best things about visiting a graveyard with a group of enthusiastic friends is that fresh eyes see new things. More on that later . . .
*We managed to find two crosses (out of about 400 stones), both on 19th-century stones. No cross-shaped stones, though.
Wow, wish I were closer! That sounds like a fun trip!
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