Thursday, August 11, 2011

Lynchburg: Swinging With Spirits Of The Civil War

Donna Mae Moose and I went to Lynchburg's historic Old City Cemetery today, packed with Southern history about the region and my hometown. Established in 1806, it is one of the oldest public cemeteries in the nation that has been in continuous use since its founding. More than 20,000 people are buried here, most before 1925, including 2,200 Confederate soldiers form 14 states. Here's a glimpse across the 26-acre grounds.How often do grown-ups get to swing from the high branch of a 100-year-old tree? Loved it!Gravestones are typically marked with the initials of the deceased soldier, a Confederate ID and their home state.The bi-centennial Cemetery Chapel, where weddings are performed today.Yes, honest to god, goats live on the premises to clean the steep hills. Love it...