Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday Stills...Graveyards and Old Churches

239 years old, vandals once tried to burn it, but it was saved
Newspaper stories about the fire



Below several monuments from Fiery Hill, Fort Plain, NY







We had quite an excursion planned for Saturday to take photos for this week's challenge. Then the boss got a bad cold and the weather turned crumby and so the archives will have to suffice. Good thing these are subjects I have found interesting in the past.


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21 comments:

dibear said...

Great old headstones. The church looks very similar to the ones I posted from the same time period. :)

Paul said...

So many of those old churches look similar. That looks just like our Catholic church at Indian Grove Missouri. If I were retired, I have thought about the possibility of a photo book about rural churches. Many are starting to disappear. Looks like that cemetery has been around a long time!

Ed said...

Hope the boss feels better, great shots. The first looks so serene in the pasture/field..:-)

Floridacracker said...

What a pretty little church scene.
Hope the boss gets better soon.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Love the church shot with all the flowers :-). Neat markers.

Earl said...

I do like the church, but the grave markers are interesting.

flowerweaver said...

Lovely, and ethereal in the mist. That's how I shot mine this morning. The old church is neat, I'm glad it could be saved.

Lori Skoog said...

That last shot is my favorite! Nice job.

Devin Greaney said...

The top photo is my favorite... How could someone even think of destroying that ??

Shirley said...

Love the field of flowers and the old church. Nice shot of the lichen covered marker

MTWaggin said...

Country churches and graveyards are the best! Nice shots.

Brenda said...

why would someone want to burn an old church? I love that first pic.

Cathy said...

I'd never heard of Zinc monuments. That is just very interesting.
I'm going to keep my eyes open when I'm wandering through old cemeteries.

(And speaking of 'zinc'! New studies:

http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20110215/zinc-may-prevent-and-shorten-colds

Keith's cold lasted for 2 1/2 weeks. Mine for mere not-to-bad days. Oral Mist Zicam. I'haven't had a bad cold in years!)

gtyyup said...

Indian Castle Church...239 years old???!!! Amazing...and gorgeous! Loved all the monuments too. Enjoyed all your shots~

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Wonderful photos. The first one has perfect composition and just draws me in. I also like the gravestone with the lichen. Looks like decoration. Very pretty :)

~Lisa

Regular Guy said...

Really like the picture of the church. Nice job. Hope the Boss is better.

aurora said...

Beautiful first shot. Love the history.

Far Side of Fifty said...

I really like that first shot..very nice! I like to wander around graveyard too and look at the names and dates..you have some real old ones..ours in this area are not that old..from the 1880's ..our area wasn't settled till then:)

threecollie said...

Thanks, dibear, it does doesn't it?

Paul, you are right about a lot of them looking a lot alike. I am so glad the firemen saved this little one.

Ed, thanks, it was taken from the car, so it isn't too great but it is such an amazingly lovely little pllace

FC, thanks!

TCSL, thank you, the boss's mother grew up just a few yards down the road from that little cemetery

Earl, they have special significance for us as Ralph's mother grew up on a farm just a tiny distance down the road from the cemetery. We take a trip up that way every couple of years to go by where the buildings used to stand (burned down) and think about her

FW, thanks, I am glad too. so much history here in the valley and a terrible shame to destroy such a lovely piece of it.

Lori, thanks, we made a special trip up there to photograph that one as I find the white zinc monuments fascinating and we knew it was there from previous visits

Devin, sickening isn't it? I am so glad that a couple of routing mistakes, the dedication of the firemen, and the hard work of the restoration group saved it for our enjoyment. Every now and then we get out that way at daisy time and marvel at its beauty snuggled down among the hills;

Shirley, thanks! It is one of our favorite Sunday drive places to go...out there on Fiery Hill

MT, thanks!

Brenda, it shocked me to hear about it. We think the perpetrators got significant jail time, but we can't find any newspaper stories about it

Cathy, thanks, I am going to suggest the zinc stuff to Alan who is coughing pretty badly...and Liz spent the night in the emergency room with a 104 temp and a horrendous cough. Asthma and bronchitis are a nasty mix.

Gyttup, thanks, I love the church too. We get up there every now and then at daisy time.

Laughing Orca, thank you. We took the church pic from the car...it is just set so perfectly among the surrounding hills that you can hardly go wrong with a photo. I am so glad it was saved.

RG, thanks! I think he is feeling quite a lot better.

aurora, thank you. I love to think about the folks that built and used the little church and the families represented by the stones in the cemetery. I am sure they are responsible for much that makes up this valley.

Far Side, thanks! My mom loves genealogy so I have spent quite a bit of time perusing old cemeteries. This one is a favorite because the boss's mom grew up just down the road from it.

DayPhoto said...

I'm so glad you took some shots of the old zince mounments. We have a few here, but I didn't search them out.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

threecollie said...

Linda, I find them very interesting. It took me quite a while to even find out what they were since we didn't know, which made it hard to search. A wealth of information out there in the old graveyards.