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chestnut grove cemetery : on film

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Remember this post where I was talking about the super awesome cemetery that the Roadside America app led me to? Well I finally got my film developed! Chestnut Grove Cemetery (which prior to this day I sadly had no idea even existed) is a gorgeous cemetery resting on a hill at the end of a dead end street. It was just beautiful, I don't know why it was to appealing to me so but I could have spent so many more hours there than I already did.
The bridge disaster monument was what originally led me to the cemetery.
"On December 29, 1876, at about 7:30 pm, two locomotives hauling 11 railcars of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway carrying 159 passengers plunged in to the river in deep snow when the bridge gave way beneath them. The wooden cars were set alight by their heating stoves, but no attempt was made to extinguish the fire. The accident killed ninety-two people, including the gospel singer and hymn-writer Philip Bliss and his wife, and was the worst rail accident in the U.S. until the Great Train Wreck of 1918." -Wikipedia
Apparently the monument is a really popular thing to visit because not only was it on the Roadside America app there were all kinds of signs in the cemetery showing you which way to follow to find it... because a massive obelisk isn't obvious enough.
It's so much fun learning local history and visiting the places these events happened. I feel like this is definitely something we should have learned about in school. But I guess it is more fun to do it as an adult when I can truly appreciate it.
xoxo

All of the photos above were taken with a Canon T2 and Fuji 35mm Superia X-TRA 400 that expired in 2010.

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  1. WOW! These photos are fantastic - thank you so much for sharing them, and also for being the one to tell me about the Roadside America app. I had no idea this existed. It's like Christmas just came early for me, you have no idea (or maybe you do). I LOVE oddities.

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  2. I LOVE cemeteries - this one looks amazing. You should visit Glendale Cemetery in Akron, if you haven't already. A lot of the "prominent" people of the day were buried there, and they have a ton of individual mausoleums with amazing copper doors and decorations.

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    1. I'll definitely keep that in mind next time I'm in the area! :)

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  3. I live in Cincinnati and seeing all of your beautiful pictures really makes me want to jump in the Jeep and head to your neck of the woods!

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  4. This cemetery is really gorgeous! Even more in these autumn colors...

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  5. I really love these photos. The underexposed look gives the cemetery a bit of a creepy feel, but then the bits of light flare balance it out with a bit of cheer. I keep meaning to wander some of the old cemeteries in my area (we have loads from the 1800s), but some of them are fenced off, or awkwardly placed within residential areas on small little lots, nothing so beautiful and sprawling as this! And I'm glad you got these photos before the trees all went bare, that photo of the old tomb (or mausoleum?) with the yellow leaves is divine!

    --Erin

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    1. There are lots of those around here too - old ones fenced in or on residential property. I want to explore them so bad!!

      Oh, I know, I was kind of heartbroken when I got there to see that most of the leaves were all ready down. There were still some, making it really pretty but if I had gone four or five days earlier they probably all would have been on the trees still. Guess that just means I'll have to visit again. ;)

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  6. Ah! My family is from Ashtabula. I have never heard of this. I will have to check it out next time I am up there.

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  7. I am kind of obsessed with researching local history - it's so fascinating. I'm waiting to get back a couple of rolls of film I shot recently at Forest Hills Cemetery (Jamaica Plain, MA). There are some really cool memorials there, including two marble statues that are kept under glass and look brand new. One of them, "The Boy in the Boat", marks the death of a little French boy in 1886, who fell out of a rowing boat, whilst trying to reach for his pet rabbit that was running along the bank. e.e. cummings is also buried there. :)

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    1. Does the headstone say "The Boy in the Boat"?! If so, that would warrant me taking a roadtrip! I'm crazy about headstones with interesting stories behind them like that.

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    2. Okay, I just googled it and it's literally a boy in a boat!! That's so AWESOME! I can't wait to see your photos, I hope you share them on your blog. The photo of the girl under glass you shared is just amazing!

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    3. I think it's my favourite cemetery ever! There's another cool one nearby too, called Mt. Auburn, which was founded in 1831 as America's first garden cemetery. (And it's not too far from the famed McLean Hospital - I'd like to see if it's possible to wander around some of the grounds.)There's lots of awesome, weird stuff in the area - definitely worth a trip!

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  8. Ohhh, I looove shooting with analog camera! Amazing photos ♥

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  9. Very cool! I completely agree that it is more fun to explore these areas when you are an adult. As a kid, it was fun because we were not in school, but it was hard to appreciate these things.

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  10. I really wish we had an app for that in Canada, particularly Alberta. We have so many graveyards hidden away (ghost towns too) that I'm itching to discover.

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    1. Sadly this app doesn't find all graveyards, just ones with headstones that attract tourists. I wish so so so badly that there was an app for finding cemeteries and ghost towns. That would be the best thing ever.

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  11. Gorgeous photos! Thanks so much for sharing! If you're *ever* in Nashville,Tennessee you should hit up Mount Olivet. And next time I go to Tiffin,Ohio I'll swing by your place and we can hit up this cemetery,deal? :P

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  12. Amazing photos and cemetery :3 love this so much!!!

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  13. Such beautiful photos! I like that you post about cemeteries, but not in a creepy way. But just because of their beauty and significance. Keep up the nice work! Nienke

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  14. These photos are so gorgeous! I love hearing about all the places you travel to.

    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  15. Promise I'm not stalking you, but I also love a good cemetery. We went to this one a while ago http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linthorpe_Cemetery There are all sorts of interesting graves there. It is a victorian cemetery which has transformed into woodland, so all the graves are nestled amongst the trees, which gives it a lovely natural feel.

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