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A Tour of Sleeping Hollow cemetery, Part 1 By Andrea Menna Taylor and Deborah Bier.

We focus here on the most visited graves of Sleepy Hollow. Future installments in this occasional series will cover lesser-known, but fascinating people buried in Sleepy Hollow, as well as some of our favorite spots in Concord's cemeteries.

Mourning Victory - the Melvin Memorial

(click on photo to see larger image) "Mourning Victory", also called the Melvin Memorial, sculpted by Daniel Chester French. The Melvins were three brothers killed in the Civil War. A detail from the work is in the header at top.
To Daniel Chester French's grave

We would show you French's grave itself, but it is too difficult to capture due to the deep shade and the shallowness of the carved words.
To Author's Ridge

There is room for a little parking at the foot of Author's Ridge, resting place of the most famous of the Concord Authors. Climb up the short hill, following the arrow on the sign.

Henry David Thoreau's stone

(click on photo for larger image) Henry who? If you have to ask, just keep on going. Pilgrams to the authors' graves often leave small offerings. They are regularly cleared by cemetery workers, else they would utterly overwhelm the markers. Henry's recent visitors here have been generous in their offerings. His stone is located in the Thoreau family plot, hence the lack of need for a surname on his marker.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

(click on photo for larger image) Head and foot stones with only his last name mark the resting place of Nathaniel Hawthorne. His remains lie here with his daughter, Una, and a marker for his wife, Sophia, who died and is buried in England.

the Alcott family marker

(click on photo for larger image) Next, we come to the Alcott family plot, noted by this lovely marker.
Louisa May Alcott's grave

(click on photo for larger image) A simple "L.M.A" and the years of her birth and death mark Louisa May Alcott's grave.

'Beth's' grave marked by a violet

(click on photo for larger image) An equally simple stone marks the rest of the family members in this part of the plot, including this one for Elizabeth ("Beth"), planted with a sweet violet.

Ralph Waldo Emerson's grave

This is Ralph Waldo Emerson's grave, in the Emerson family plot. This slab of pink granite is quite unlike any other marker in Sleepy Hollow.

Nameplate on Ralph Waldo Emerson's grave stone

(click on photo for larger image) Here is the nameplate on the stone up close. Emerson's grave is flanked by those of his wife, Lydian, and daughter, Ellen.


Margaret Sidney or Harriet Lothrop

(click on photo for larger image) Harriett Lothrop, better know by her pseudonym, Margaret Sidney, wrote the Five Little Peppers series, beloved by many from their childhood readings.

William Wheeler, educator

(click on photo for larger image) William Wheeler is not well known in Concord, but was an important and respected educator, scientific observer, and civil engineer, architectural designer in Japan. His grave is often visited by natives of that country.
Photos: ©2001 Deborah Bier
Drawings: by Andrea Menna Taylor
Background: Julie's Homegrown Graphics.

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