Established in 1849, Sacramento City Cemetery (the oldest one in Sactown!) is full of dramatic statues, Victorian garden-style plots, and the remains of mayors, governors, war veterans, and Cholera victims. The cemetery committee's walking tours by lantern are an excellent way to see the grave sites after dark. (October dates TBA; oldcitycemetery.com)
Forest Home Cemetery, Illinois - The United Ancient Order of Druids (UAOD), fraternal order, founded in England in 1781-This monument, erected in 1888, contains symbols associated with UAOD-the "logs" arranged in concentric circles, the all-seeing eye within the triangle, and shrouded figure of the Druid
Why Victorian-era Southerners created seashell graves and where you can still see them
The sea shall take them home. According to "The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture," seashells were a representation to slaves of returning to Africa: "They said the sea had brought them to their new country and the sea would return them to Africa when they died." So whether the shells were scattered or cemented into place, "they are meant as a symbol that ensures a safe journey is made to that unknown shore where everlasting life is possible
Why Victorian-era Southerners created seashell graves
Los Angeles Pet Cemetery, California: As with many cemeteries, ghosts lurk in this one as well. The ghosts of long deceased pets. It is rumored that Kabar, Rudolph Valentino's Great Dane, haunts the grounds. He has been heard barking and panting, and has even been felt licking unsuspecting visitors' hands.
As Aiko Sato placed flowers at her family’s headstone last week, she thought it could be the last time she would see it. Slow-moving lava was inching closer to the Japanese Cemetery in Pahoa, Hawaii, and officials had allowed her the opportunity to visit. But after lava flowed over the cemetery, Sato’s aunt was given a photograph taken by a geologist documenting the lava’s advance, showing the Sato headstone still standing in a sea of black lava. Photo credit: US Geological Survey via AP.