Monday, July 5, 2010

Graveyard






We were riding on undiscovered roads in Hampton yesterday when Chet noticed an old cemetery on a hill. Some graves dated back to the 1770s. One particular headstone was of a strange green stone that had not deteriorated at all and looked like it was cast from bronze.

2 comments:

Cranky Yankee said...

Hi Ray & Co.

Perilous Cheryl here...

I know exactly where you were...Old North Cemetery in Hampton. I could tell by the stones and your description.

The bronze cast is known as "white Bronze" or "Zinc-ies". They are made from zinc and were cast by the Monumental Bronze Company of Bridgeport, CT back in the early part of the 20th century.
Go here for more info: http://www.gravestonestudies.org/faq.htm#White%20Bronze%20Markers

Also, the other two stones with the bat-faces were carved in the 18th century stones by a local carving family named Manning.

If you want to know more about old cemeteries in the area, come see me...I'm a historian who specializes in cemetery history.

I'll be at the Hot Riot this weekend, so we can talk if you want.

Murdercycles said...

Cool, thanks for the info.
See you Saturday at Four Town Fairgrounds.

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