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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Trapsing Through the Cemetery...

Renoir by the Water
Since the weather has been quite beautiful around here lately, we have been spending a lot of time outdoors. Last weekend Josh's parents came up from Virginia, so we were able to do some outdoor things with them, including a church picnic at a local park. Renoir usually does not enjoy the water, but I think he saw some fish that he thought he might like...
Curious Renoir
Later that day we were also able to visit Mt. Hope Cemetery here in Rochester. If you have ever seen any of Josh's photos on Etsy or our will notice that most of them are taken from there. We both enjoy the quiet beauty and history that this cemetery holds.
Mount Hope Cemetary

Mount Hope Cemetary
There are so many architectural elements around every corner...filled with age and character.
Mount Hope Cemetary
I love the green color of this stone wall with the ivy overflowing all around...
Mount Hope Cemetary

Mount Hope Cemetary
Renoir was so excited to be on such an adventure...this is not your run of the mill cemetery...there are LOTS of hills and stairs to many levels to travel through. It really is quite a large place. As stated on its website, "Formed by glaciers, this cemetery has high hills and deep valleys, winding eskers and almost bottomless kettles. The whole place is a forest of trees, many of them rare and specimen. Since 1838, a third of a million people have taken permanent residence in the cemetery's 197 acres."
Thirsty Renoir
Joshua and I particularly enjoy the statues you will find throughout...
Mount Hope Cemetary

Cemetery Statue

Mount Hope Cemetary

Mount Hope Cemetary
As well as the detail of some of the headstones...and the aged patina they have...
Mount Hope Cemetary

Mount Hope Cemetary

Mount Hope Cemetary

Wreath Detail

Until the Day Break...

Mount Hope Cemetary
I have always enjoyed this beautiful and unique gazebo...
Mount Hope Cemetary
The most fascinating thing about Mt. Hope Cemetery, is that several famous people are buried here. One of the most recognized is Susan B. Anthony....another is Frederick Douglass, but we have yet to come across his time perhaps!
Susan B. Anthony
Her entire family plot is in this area...
Anthony Family Plot

Susan B. Anthony
If you want to learn more about the history of the cemetery or see more photos, you can visit the website here. And if you are ever in the Rochester really is an amazing spot to visit.
Sleepy Renoir
But be prepared to need a nap after all that walking!!!
Sleepy Renoir
Till next time...
Alice W.


Lu Lu's Fluffy Ruffles said...

The photos are beautiful!
I went to Argentina and went to the cemetary Evita was buried in.
It was the most beautiful place,
Unbelieveable Sculptures and statues. It left you in awe of the craftmanship and work involved.
my family laughs that one of the highlights to Argentina was going to that cemetary.

The Feathered Nest said...

Beautiful sweet Alice!!! I love the statuary in a cemetary, the peacefulness ~ your photos are gorgeous and little Renoir is always precious! Wishing you a wonderful week ~ xxoo, Dawn

Kelly said...

Wow!!!! What an amazing and educational place! I will have to save that info and make sure to go there someday! Oh and little Renoir, the fresh air hits our little pups as if they were babies, and then they sleep so well. May you have an inspired week!


a home far away said...

So many beautiful photos!And what an interestg bog I found here:-)

Have a good day.

Hugs from Singapore

Vintage Tea said...

What an amazing place. Thank you for sharing with us.

Victoria x

Counting Your Blessings said...

And out of all those gorgeous photos, I still love the cushion Renoir is on the best =) Blessings... Polly

miss gracies house said...

What a perfectly, lovely and peceful place to visit.
I love your new vignette by the way!

christineannette said...

An old cemetery is so mysterious. I love the detail in the old statues and gravestones. You wonder who were they? What was their story? It is so interesting.

Hugs & Smiles, Christine

Wren Cottage said...

How lovely... bittersweet
thank you for sharing lovely girl!
xo to you and Renoir :)

Crossroads Cottage said...

What a beautiful cemetery. And I'm glad that you and Joshua visit often. Although far gone from this world, I'm sure the residents enjoy your visits.

Tracie said...

Hi Alice,
What a lovely cemetery. The peacefulness there really comes through in all your beautiful photos.

That Renoir is a doll! Now, he is enough to put a smile on anyone's face.


KayEllen said...

lovely photos on your blog Alice:)
Just was admiring the detail on the aqua flickr pool...

Have a wonderful week,

Rebecca said...

Followed your link from the Shades of Inspiration group on Flickr. I wanted to say thank you for sharing the beautiful photos of Mt. Hope Cemetary.
I love Stauary and monuments ~ think they are absolutely amazing pieces of history and artwork. I quiet enjoy visiting some of our local cemeteries when I can. Because I sometimes go to Rochester perhaps I will have to make a stop someday to see them in person.
Take care and have a great weekend,
Rebecca ~ Simply Stated Aesthetics