St. George Historical Society to visit burial grounds
St. George — Burial grounds reveal a great deal about a community’s history besides the names and dates on the stones.
The size, shape, type of stone, inscriptions, and symbolic carvings on the marker frequently indicate the economic status of the individual’s family at the time the stone was placed. Families often purchased lots beside other relatives or close friends, so placement of the lot within the burial ground may be significant.
These observations will be apparent on the tour of three burial grounds in St. George: the small Gilchrest-Watts and Hathorn yards on Taylor’s Point, and the old North Parish yard. Most of the first settlers and the next three generations in the northern part of town were buried in these yards. The historical society members will also tour the new North Parish yard as daylight permits.
As participants move among the graves comments will be made on what, if anything, is remembered or recorded about the individuals buried there.
Meet at the St. George Grange Hall on Wiley’s Corner on Thursday, Sept. 27 and car pools leave for Taylor’s Point at 5 p.m.
The society will forgo its usual supper and after the tour there will be coffee and small eats at the grange hall. Please bring something to share if able. Everyone is invited. A collection will be taken on general principles. For more information, call James Skoglund 372-8893.