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I know that caching in cemeteries can be controversial. I always find them to be interesting places -- the histories, stories, and lives that are found there can be important, usually just a glimpse into the past or a vague whisper on the wind. Still, I rarely visit them except for caching or letterboxing, so I am glad when the game takes me to them. Some of my favorites involve virtual caches that cannot be shown here. But these are a few places I have been glad to visit. Please post some of what you have found during the course of caching.

 

I visited Perrin cemetery in Louisiana tracking down a locationless. It is said to be the place where Napoleon, the pirate Lafitte, and Jean Paul Jones are buried -- albeit in unmarked graves:

 

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Hopper Slave Cemetery had a lot of history:

 

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Boot Hill at Pioche was another place full of history. If you are in that part of Nevada and want something to do besides repetitive caching, it is a good place to visit . On the way over there, we found trilobites and amazing rock formations at earthcaches. A local establishment saw one of my pictures on Flickr and asked permission to use it. It may have been this one:

 

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But sometimes things can be found in more unexpected locations. There is a cache along a rural road north of where I live, just another cache in a series of them. But I am glad I stopped for this one:

 

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I love cemeteries too! But we have no caches here at them. So all my pictures have been taken through Waymarking trips and we are here in the Geocaching forum. :cute:

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I love cemeteries too! But we have no caches here at them. So all my pictures have been taken through Waymarking trips and we are here in the Geocaching forum. :cute:

 

What are your favorite Waymarking photos?

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Last night I thought that I should add some pictures to my Flickr page and was reminded of some of the interesting cemeteries in Scotland. Several had nearby caches, including this one:

 

Eilean Chaluim Chille

 

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While there, we visited a few ancient burial spots that did not have caches, but this one from a previous visit to England does. I suppose it could be called a cemetery. I would like some of my ashes to be scattered in a place such as this.

 

West Kennett Longbarrow (Wilts)

 

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Cemetery caches are my thing. I currently have 28 cemetery caches in my county (Decatur County, IN) that are located in old, abandoned cemeteries. With each one I waymark interresting headstones and headstones of Civil War soldiers that died during the war. Through that I ended up writing a book detailing all the soldiers of Decatur County that died in the war and also made it a cache. I have also gone out and discovered long lost cemeteries on private property and photographed/documented them for Find-A-Grave. Those are Watt Cemetery, Howard Cemetery, McLaughlin Cemetery, and the Gullion Headstone.

 

As an aside, I have it set in my will that my ashes are to be located in one of the abandoned cemeteries in my county (Patrick if you look at my caches). I donated money to the local township the cemeteries is in. I also have requested an old looking period related headstone be made so that it blends in with the rest.

 

Some of the neat headstones I've come across:

 

Morris Morris

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Grave in the middle of the road and the associated geocache

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I am planning a trip to see my daughter in Massachusetts and realize that I could get up very early on one side of the trip or the other and a two hour drive will take me to HP Lovecraft's grave for a virtual and a new state. Since I drove a similar length to see a grave and do a puzzle cache on Vancouver Island, it is not out of the question by any means.

 

The downside is that the cemetery rules require all photography to have a permit regardless of whether it is for personal use; all photos that are published (as they would be on this site) to have written consent with a detailed statement of intent; and that photography is limited to landscape, nature, and architectural designs, which would exclude one grave site that I am most interested in photographing. No photography of gravestones is permitted.

 

I have always believed that cemetery photos honor the history and the people resting there, and have never seen this kind of restriction before. If I go there, I will sadly obey the rules since I do not want to include a photo in my log that might cause an issue for the virtual. But has anyone else encountered this type of restriction when visiting a cemetery?

 

What fun would it have been to visit Birth of a Nation and not be able to photograph any of the grave markers there?

 

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One of my first caches was a cemetery cache. Here are a couple of photos I snapped. The first one shows some nice old ironworks on the gate. The second one is a tombstone that caught my eye... a child's hand pointing to heaven at the top, and it says Died Nov. 12, 1839, Aged 12 days.post-8251746-028369100 1417719738_thumb.jpg

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My favorite cemetery cached so far has to be Live Oaks Cemetery in Selma, Alabama (just west of Edmund Pettus Bridge). I had a great time there with my IR-only camera.

 

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It's just not a great cemetery unless it's overrun with Spanish moss. :anibad:

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The Rhyolite/Bullfrog Cache brought us to a cemetery near the Rhyolite ghost town. Very few markers are left, and even most of those no longer record a name - although records show who lies here, with miners, prospectors, a brothel owner, and a book salesman among them. The mounds throughout the lot tell their own story of life and death in the Nevada desert.

 

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No idea why the pictures from my first post here are broken, so I post some of my favorite cemetery pictures again, I love the details.

 

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Has anyone created a Cache hidden in a Gravestone?

 

I am considering creating one for myself when I die... with a spooky sounds audio trigger to enhance the creepy factor.

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Has anyone created a Cache hidden in a Gravestone?
I haven't seen any actually hidden in a gravestone. But I have found a cache that was left next to a gravestone, in full compliance with the cemetery's policy for families leaving "memorial objects" at grave sites.

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Knickerbocker Boneyard - what visit to Sleepy Hollow would be complete without a stop at the cemetery. From the Headless Horseman to Dark Shadows, from a labor leader to those who reached the pinnacle of wealth.

 

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