Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Devastation at Amesbury's Union Cemetery

I went out with my camera today to take advantage of the fantastic weather. I decided to go up to Amesbury, where I found the Union Cemetery on Route 110 in complete disarray. The storms of the past week have downed at least 6 full-sized trees and many smaller branches. As far as I could tell, only a few monuments were broken, but the trees are huge and there may have been more crushed stones that I couldn't see. Most of the damage is in the 19th-century section — the 18th-century stones were largely untouched. I saw at least one City of Amesbury truck in the cemetery, so I imagine that they're on top of the situation.


Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

Wow, this makes me want to run out to see if my favorite local graveyards are OK. Last winter the Forest Hill cemetery in Derry was hit very bad with that big ice storm.

Caitlin GD Hopkins said...

I went to a few other graveyards yesterday and they all looked ok. I think that Union Cemetery was especially hard hit because it is on a fairly high hill. All the trees that fell were near the crest — the slopes were fine.

I hope your local graveyards are in good shape!