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Cemetery Tour!!! REALLY?

Stone PigFor the past two years, IHS has offered a day trip to an area historic cemetery. This last week, Jennifer Hiatt, IHS director of membership and annual giving, and I made a trip to Bedford to begin the plans for the 2013 IHS member trip we call "Grave Matters."

In 2011, we went to Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati. The cemetery is gorgeous – a trend-setting cemetery for its time. The day we visited it was quite hot – more than 90 degrees. Everyone had a great time commiserating about the heat but enjoying the beauty of the site all the same.

In 2012, we visited Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville. As the name implies, the cemetery has caves and plenty of hills. It was another fascinating and beautiful historic place.

People often wonder why some of us are so intrigued by cemeteries. They are filled with history, interesting stories of people with local and national importance, beautiful landscapes and buildings and great sculptures. What more could a history lover want?

In Bedford, Jennifer and I met with local historians, tourism and museum leaders to begin to lay out the plan for the Bedford portion of the trip. Bedford and Bloomington are in the limestone area of Indiana. As a part of next year’s trip, we have a limestone expert and stone carver as speakers and other interesting things planned.

Just after our meeting with the Bedford folks, Jennifer and I had lunch at the Stone Pig, a barbeque place on the courthouse square. Great food! Jennifer and I both had a pulled pork sandwich with a side. We didn’t talk much on the way back, but we had the contented smiles on our faces that follow a good and tasty meal!

Keep June 6, 2013, open for a wonderfully informative and interesting trip.

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1. John Bry says

Aug. 31, 2012 at 9:21 a.m.
Jeff, You and Jennifer might also like to know about the Tombstone Trail. Launched 3 years ago, it is the first statewide cemetery tour in the nation. It is still growing, but covers four Indiana Counties, has 68 stories, and changes every year. www.tombstonetrail.com or on Facebook under the same. You're not alone on your interest and fascination with historic cemeteries.

2. Lin Wagner says

Aug. 31, 2012 at 10:07 a.m.
Be sure to check for tombstones made by Ferdinand Cross. His 19th century "monumental works" in Bedford was known as Cross and Rowe and was extremely successful. An archeologist from Carbondale, Il, who studies tombstomes for a hobby, was here last month and told us that there are Cross stones all over the midwest. Rail travel made that possible. The fireplace tree in our museum is a Cross sculpture.

3. Josef Laposa says

Aug. 31, 2012 at 1:41 p.m.
Have been on 2011 and 2012 trips. Look forward to 2013. One request: Shirley as bus driver from Cavallo Bus Lines. She was best bus tour driver I have ever seen. Skillful and sociable!