Famous & Unique Grave Stones
Grave sites of well known celebrities and lots of unorthodox tombstones
F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda lay peacefully at rest in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Rockville, Maryland. In recent years a handful of visitors might wander through the cemetery looking for the grave of the cemetery’s most famous resident every week but since the movie, The Great Gatsby was released on May 10, 2013, more and more people are searching out the grave of the celebrated American writer.
If you have ever looked at the pyramids in amazement and wished that you could be buried in such a tomb, now you can say thanks to a German company named Cheops. The company has created an Urn Pyramid which contains about 100 chambers depending on the size of the pyramid to hold the cremated remains of the deceased.
The Capsula Mundi is planted into the earth just as you would a seed and a tree is planted directly on top. The idea is that the larger the tree grows the more its roots will envelope the egg-shaped capsule as it decomposes. The tree will then serve as a memorial for the deceased as opposed to a tombstone.
The Mexican city of Xcaret has something very unique about it. Its cemetery, called the Bridge to Paradise, is world famous. Full of symbolism, this place has seven levels, one for each day of the week, 365 tombs surrounding the cemetery itself representing the days of the year, and 52 steps in its entrance representing the weeks of the year. Inside the cemetery are found some very unique tombstones, each one different, and many of them miniature replicas of monasteries and churches from around
Whether it be Portugal, Norway, Brazil, Japan, Czech Republic or the Philippines, every country and every city has a local legend. Whether it be the Japanese Yurei, the medieval legend of the White Lady or a folktale as popular as Resurrection Mary, these legends have long survived their years as iconic legends and have grown to become part of a cities history, including the tale of the Girl in Blue.
Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel was a famous distiller known to this day for his company’s whiskey. He was born in 1850 in Lynchburg, Tennessee, a small town in a county that is, ironically, dry despite the location of the distillery. In a cautionary tale about early morning frustration, Jack Daniel died from complications from a broken toe after kicking his safe when he couldn’t remember the combination.
Sunken Cemetery - On February 16, 1871 earthquakes began to be felt by residents of Bonbon on the island of Camiguin which lies in the Bohol Sea in the Philippines. Camiguin has always been known as the island “Born of Fire” as there are seven volcanoes located on it. By April of that year a volcanic fissure opened up and began pouring lava onto surrounding areas and into the sea. When the eruptions ceased four years later, Mount Vulcan was born and had reached a height of 1,950 feet (590m).
Paris, its known for is Renaissance architecture, its Art Deco-influenced fashion and its heavily artistic culture, but beneath the largely residential 14th arrondissement, lies the most eye-popping, chill-inducing and slightly claustrophobic attraction that has given prominence to the cosmopolitan capital of France as one of the greatest funerary sites − the renowned underground ossuary known as the Catacombs of Paris.
Grace Berry - The Pilgrims, freshly debarked from the Mayflower in November of 1620, founded a colony in Plymouth, Massachusetts which became known as “America’s Hometown”. Five years later a woman named Grace Berry was buried in Plymouth. Her tombstone tells us that she was the wife of Thomas Berry and that she was about 58 years of age when she died on May 17, 1625.
Nineteenth century graveyards sometimes included carved chairs for the comfort of visitors. In this function, the object was known as a mourning chair, and cemeteries have since provided, benches for similar purposes, most often movable units of the type used in parks, but also specimens in the tradition of the carved chairs.
H. H. (Bill) Anger, (b. 1915 d. 1990) was a pioneer in the Englewood fishing industry, which accounts for his unusually shaped gravesite. His tombstone is placed inside the concrete boat, complete with steering pedestal and wheel, which is moored to two posts.
After John Milburn's wife Sarah died in 1930, John wanted to be rid of all his money. He commissioned an elaborate series of statues of himself and his wife in various scenes of their lives together for her grave. The sculptures, in a cemetery in Hiawatha, Kansas cost $200,000.