Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Historic Easton Cemetery

Yesterday, Camp Nonna's activity was to tour The Historic Easton Cemetery. The cemetery was placed on the national Register of Historic Places in 1990; it is noted for its design, architecture, landscaping and funerary art.  It would take days to cover all 87 acres of the cemetery, so suffice it to say in an hour we only covered a tiny portion of the historic site.

The entrance gate was built in 1882 at a cost of $4,650.00; 
it was restored in 1988 at a cost of $50,000.00

The superintendent's house is located outside the main entrance; it was built in 1900.

There are nearly 30,000 people whom have found their final resting place at Easton Cemetery. Among those thousands are:

Dr. Traill Green who was a physician, teacher at Lafayette College, scholar, botanist, geologist, chemist, author and humanitarian. 

This bronze statue was dedicated in Dr. Green's honor in 1911;
 it was crafted by Harry Lewis Raul, a local artist.

Dr. Traill Green (1813-1897) became a doctor in 1835 and practiced for almost sixty years. 

There are many famous people whose plots we did not find due to the lack of time. One, which we will have to go back and find, is that of George Taylor, signer of the Declaration of Independence.

This is the Silas Moon monument, notable for the obelisk decorated with a star, a train engine
 and an eagle on the shield.

Lucy Minturn Barnet's monument seems to be a favorite among visitors. 
born May 25, 1851-died February 2, 1853

Lucy was only 21 months when she died, and to this day visitors still bring her flowers and gifts.

This non-sectarian chapel was built in 1875. It has been restored, 
but all the furniture in the chapel is original to the building.

This historical site absolutely deserves another visit, hopefully, hours long! It is very well kept, beautiful and chock full of interesting facts. In the beginning, the cemetery had a work crew of 30 responsible for some 50 acres of ground, but today only 4 or 5 men are responsible for the increased acreage and thousands of grave sites.  

A piece of trivia:  Esther Schock was the first person to be buried in the cemetery on November 1, 1849.

There are still many grave spaces available....interested?!

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