Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Almost every Memorial Day weekend, City Boy and Janbaby come to visit. This is a highlight of our year. We actually take the weekend off and fish, play cards, toss corn bags, watch City Boy's home movies and Janbaby and I go search for local geocaches.

What I like best about geocaching is finding cool places, right next door, that you might otherwise miss. The cache at the Endecott Meeting House was just that sort of place.

Located east of Cynthiana across the road from the current Indian Creek Baptist Church, the Endecott Meeting House was established in 1790 by the Indian Creek settlers. It later became the Indian Creek Baptist Chuch in 1852 and served as such until 1965.

The Endecott Meeting House is known as the oldest active house of worship west of the Alleghenies. Many of the early pioneers of the area rest here, including several Revolutionary War soldiers.

There is a lovely old cemetery there surrounded by an old wrought iron fence and interspersed with ancient trees and beautiful grave markers. The lamb on this grave stone has watched over a baby girl since 1859.

I love how the light appears to fall just on the moss covered lamb.

There were no plastic flowers or factory made wreaths.

But a tin can of roses had been carefully placed on one marker. It was the most heartfelt memorial bouquet I've ever seen.

I know we don't like to think about our final resting place, but a wonderful old country cemetery, shaded by trees, some of which have grown for so many years they've engulfed an iron fence, with a tin can of hand picked flowers placed with care on a hand carved marker?



Alice said...

What a lovely cache to find. I enjoyed the thoughtfulness of your photos especially on this memorial weekend . Did you sign a book to acknowledge your presence?

Lori Skoog said...

Sara, this was a very touching post. I especially loved the moss covered lamb. Thanks for sharing.

How does your garden grow? Our garlic is not only three feet tall, the leaves are starting to turn brown a full month early! We are eating spinach and the carrots are showing. Lots of rhubarb! Tomatoes and peppers are planted, but that is going to take some time.

Hope all is well. How is the dog you are fostering doing???? The cutie.

flowerweaver said...

Very lovely lamb. I like the old pioneer cemetery behind us for the same reasons. Only it does have its share of fake flowers that wash down the creek to my place.

Heather said...

What a beautiful treasure. Thank you so much for sharing it.

I'm gonna tell Mom! said...

Enchanting...like a secret garden. Beautiful photography.
Bonnie Jo

tonya fedders said...

What a lovely post. Crazy, but it was just yesterday I was thinking about sheep on gravestones. Why? I don't really know, other than I had never seen it.

Well, that was yesterday. Now I have.

That is a beautiful cemetery.

I love the little tin of roses.

Thanks for sharing the beautiful post.

Pam said...

Sara, these photos are gorgeous. What a perfect little cemetery. Keith and I will drive out to see it some evening. I can't help imagining the size of that tree when the fence was first installed, and I love how it has grown through.

Carolina Trekker said...

beautiful...our favorite kind of geocache. We are team Larry&Lynn down in South Carolina. My sister, annieptigger.blogspot.com is in Iowa and is also a geocacher (team annieptigger.)
Other geocachers would enjoy your sheep theme for a geocache and also for Travel Bugs. Happy Trails!!

DayPhoto said...

Amen! I have our plots picked out and bought. And we are there in the old country cemetery.


cyndy said...

Lovely, thoughtful post! Very special images...

The image of the gate in the tree is a perfect example of inosculation...(see my archives
of an old walk with me wenesday post)


PS...there is a geocache right behind my house...not sure I'm likeing it very much :-(

tooooo many toooourists!

Loco Lindy said...

Oh, I love this post and the sheep/headstone photos! You have also inspired me to start geocaching again and to place one as I intended last year but never got around to it!


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