Strolling Lakeview Cemetery: Part 7

This area was filled with more expensive and larger grave monuments. I found an urn that had been set upright beside the pillar it had been dislodged from and a column that had fallen completely to the ground. Nature doesn’t care. It’s able to do as it wants. Perhaps a tree will move an urn off its base or frost heaves will tip a column.

When Lakeview Cemetery in Burlington, Vermont opened to the public in 1872, it was as a Victorian Lawn Park cemetery. Its design was meant to encourage people to visit. They were expected to walk the intentionally laid paths (now seven miles of them!), commune with nature, enjoy the fresh air and lake view. As well as picnic with family and friends both alive and not.

A fallen obelisk at Lakeview Cemetery in Burlington, Vermont.

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