Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fences and Cemeteries

It's Thursday, and time to link up with The Run A Round Ranch for fences.
 
In Fredericksburg we have two beautiful cemeteries, but maybe a bit different from some you might see with lots of grass.  The first of these is quite unusual to me.   On the Northeast corner of town an old German cemetery has an arching gateway.


Der Stadt Friedhof even is written up on Wikipedia! Check it out for some notables who are buried here.  This is interpreted as the City Cemetery.  A number of churches maintain the grounds.


The lower outside wall with stone posts is also constructed of stones.

The inside of the cemetery is a maze of stone frames around family plots (or individuals), also with short fences in some cases.

Some are black wrought iron, and some are white wrought iron.

If you enlarge the pictures, you can see in the background that this cemetery has a whole new section, but the practice of building frames around the plots continues.


Across town is the basically Catholic cemetery.  It also has the practice of building a frame around plots, but the fence on the outside is much less ornate.  It has small Celtic crosses on each of the tips on the fence.  Again, very little grass (hard to keep it growing in Texas).  

In both cemeteries, wandering through the tombstones gives you a sense of the history and the stories that are behind each of those monuments for people resting in peace.

Have a special Thursday.


Linda

14 comments:

whiteangel said...

Lovely kept cemeteries.

TexWisGirl said...

wow! both are really neat! i like that stone wall on the first, especially! thanks, linda!

DeniseinVA said...

Great shots Linda, I would enjoy walking around them.

Felicia said...

these are wonderful images. I work for a funeral director and have never seen a cemetery like this. It's wonderful, must be an German tradition.

Linda Kay said...

It would be interesting to see the dates and the length of life, for sure. Thanks for stopping by!

Linda Kay said...

It would be interesting to find out, but considering the German heritage of this community, it's very possible. Maybe my new blogger friend Mascha from Germany would have some ideas?

Rose said...

I love that fence on the first one..interesting how they do the family plots, too.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

A really nice cemetery. And excellent photographs, I might add.

Far Side of Fifty said...

The stone work is so pretty! Good to see what other cemeteries look like across the USA:)

orchid Miyako said...

Wow; for the first time I ould see the big difference of cemeteries between ours and western style. I like the a frame around plots, Linda. Still wish to apologize my posting comment without checking, so sorry...
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Amy at love made my home said...

What an interesting post! xx

Kay said...

With all the fences around the graves, it's hard to fit too many people in there. Then again, that looks like a huge cemetery so it probably wasn't a problem like it would be in a small island like Oahu.

Michelle F said...

I have never seen such a wide, spread out cemetery.
I like the fact there are building frames around the plots.
I get so upset when someone carelessly walks on someone's plot.
To me this is disrespectful to the deceased and their family.

Brian King said...

Very nice ornamental fences!

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