So you chose to walk around Mead’s Quarry and took the Tharp Trace Trail starting at the harder end. Don’t feel bad because you are going to come upon a nice place to slow down and catch your breath not far from the end of the trail. Stanton Cemetery is now maintained by Ijams, so not only is it in good shape, the answers to many would-be mysteries, like the one below, are explained on the information sign above.
You can’t tell by looking at my pictures, but these two stones, while side by side as you would expect for a husband and wife, are facing the opposite directions. Mr. and Mrs. Dempsey, therefore, are not really lying next to each other. They sleep separately in death as they did in life, because they were divorced!
The day I visited this cemetery the leaves were just perfect for pictures.
I imagine these folks are the ones whose name the cemetery bears:
There were many sweet and touching baby headstones in here. This hand-lettered one tugged at my heartstrings:
This little girl’s old-fashioned names are back in style today:
From graves marked only with rocks to others with unusual decorations and creative inscriptions, there is a lot of variety here. Notice particularly the name and the date on the stone below–apparently the Simpsons had strong feelings about the coming Civil War.
Something about this place–perhaps the secluded location–gives it an especially peaceful feeling. Luckily, you don’t have to walk the hard part of Tharp Trace to get to it. Mead’s Quarry is a hopping place these days, but you can reach this oasis of calm with only a few minutes’ walk.
November 23, 2014