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Beautiful Spots in Sleepy Hollow cemetery (and other Concord burial places) By Andrea Menna Taylor and Deborah Bier. This is the second part of an occasional series about Sleepy Hollow cemetery (see the first installment here).

So many visitors to Sleepy Hollow and our other cemeteries are focused on the famous who are buried there such as Thoreau and Emerson. They may miss the sheer beauty of the place: the trees, the glacial topography, and the great variety of stones and memorials belonging to lesser mortals.

Some of these stones are small master pieces of the stone carver's art, beautifully designed and sculpted. The pitch of the high ridges and lower, gently-curved bowl between them in Sleepy Hollow give the entire place a sculptural quality many other cemeteries lack. Our burial places represent both historic, artistic and natural treasures. Why not enjoy your next visit with an eye out for their beauty?

(click on any image below to see a larger view...hit your "back" button to return to this page)

Lidian Emerson's grave stone
Lidian was Ralph Waldo Emerson's second wife. Quite different from the others, we think this is the most beautiful stone in Sleepy Hollow.
the melvin memorial
An absolutely stunning and moving piece of public sculpture by Daniel Chester French in a beautiful setting. The Melvin Memorial (also called Mourning Victory) is in honor of the three Melvin brothers who died in the Civil War.
maple tree in the height of color
Further down Bedford Road from Sleepy Hollow, St. Bernard's cemetery has two rows of large old maple trees which are brilliantly colored in the fall.
view from Daniel French's gravesite
The view from Daniel Chester French's grave site. Note the gently curved bowl shape resting at the bottom of two high ridges in this part of the cemetery.
Grindal Reynolds' grave stone
In need of some restoration, this is another beautiful marker -- this time for Grindall Reynolds, 19th century minister of Concord's First Parish Church and neighbor in eternity to Daniel Chester French and Frank Sanborn.
st. bernards' in the fall
More stunning maples at St. Bernard's cemetery. This was a former farmer's field and lacks the dramatic ridges of Sleepy Hollow.

Did you know? There is a Massachusetts law regulating the taking of photos and movies in a public cemetery for commercial purposes. To receive permission to do so, contact the cemetery Department at 978 318-3220.

Photos: ©2002 Deborah Bier

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