As Halloween approaches I am finding myself wanting to go walking through the old cemeteries looking at the old tombstones and wondering about the people who are in them. I have not done that in a while so last week Wendell and I decided to do a little exploring.
Our search took us to the Old Lorimier Cemetery. It was the first cemetery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
One of the things that make this cemetery special is the way it overlooks the Mississippi river.
I don't know why I find them so fascinating but there is just something so calming about a cemetery. The big tomb in the center is where you will find the grave markers of Major Lorimier and his wife.
I tried to get a good picture of his tombstone but hard to do when it was so big and laying flat. I find it so interesting how some of the stones tell a story.
Many of the stones are from the late 1700's to early 1800's. It just blows my mind to think the person there had fought in the revolutionary war.
And then there are those who were in the Civil war. I thought it a little strange how some never had any dates on them.
And then there are the stones that are so much more elaborate than most.
I always say I would of loved to have lived in those times but when you see the ages on some of those stones, maybe technology is not so bad. It was so sad to see how many died between the ages of 25 to 45... and then all of the young children... just so sad.
Wendell also decided to take a drive to Perryville to visit his parent's graves. When walking along I found this stone that I thought was kind of nice because of the way it told his story.