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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Magnolia Cemetery ~ DeFuniak Springs, Florida

Welcome to my newest followers: Susan at Beach Bummz , Meowmomma @ Cathouse Adventures and Rick & Elaine at E & R's Travels . Go visit them and see where they have been and what they are up to.



While in DeFuniak Springs we drove by the huge cemetery and just had to go in and visit. We love looking at headstones and seeing the very old ones. It is amazing how old some of the people lived way back when ~ and on the other side how many died so terribly young. I guess it had a lot to do with yellow fever and many other diseases that they had no cure for back then.





Also in our visits and research on old cemeteries we have found that many of the old headstones and the design on them have meaning. Also did you know that most headstones are suppose to face the east. That according to folk lore is because when the second coming of Jesus is suppose to happen....he is to come from the East. So when the person rises from the grave he will rise to see Jesus.
Visit here to see some really interesting information about headstones.



"Historic Magnolia Cemetery on Highway 90 East was established in 1884 and is the final resting place of many notable DeFuniak Citizens including Sidney J. Catts, the 20th Governor of the State of Florida, and Wallace Bruce, the first President of the Florida Chautauqua." (see precvious post about DeFuniak Springs) Magnolia Cemetery is located in the charming city of DeFuniak Springs in Walton County, Florida, USA





There are over 1,500 graves in this cemetery ~ it is huge!

Have Fun, Travel Safe & Stay Healthy!!!

7 comments:

Sue and Doug said...

at least you go during the day!..and not at night!..
what a beautiful cemetery with lots of very magnificent headstones!!

Judy and Emma said...

I didn't know that about headstones facing East. Interesting.

Jerry and Suzy said...

We too enjoy visiting old cemeteries. I guess we had learned that east-facing thing some years ago but had forgotten it. We did notice, in the Bodie, CA cemetery, all the graves faced east. We kind of thought maybe it had to do with the slope of the hillside. We like your answer better.

dAwN said...

Did you know that most cemeteries are good birding spots? Many have landscaping and water features that attract birds.. :)

Rick and Elaine NB said...

we also love visiting old cemeteries..I truly didn't know about the facing east thing :)....

Clockwise from left, Helen, Paul, Jodie, Coco, and Sandy said...

You have certainly become an ambassador for Florida Camping this summer. We generally camp far away from Florida but you have us thinking we should give some of these areas a try. Your narrations are very well done and we enjoy your blog very much.

Helen and Paul

Roxanne said...

I didn't know about the east thing - interesting! I'll take note from now on.

Are you a Find-a-Graver? You might enjoy that!

Last I knew, you were in Alabama. Is there someplace you detail your plans, or are you blowing in the Southeast breeze? We're not blowing at all right now.

Roxanne

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