As soon as we discovered Hillside Cemetery, one of the oldest grave sites in the country, we pulled the car over. The way the graves were so thin and leaning over made me think this place was something special. A quick google search taught me a few Revolutionary War soldiers are buried here. As we looked closer, it was shocking find dates before the country gained its independence. Such a classically haunting graveyard, especially when I found out the cemetery was flooded in 1902. So awful.
We didn't spend much time here because it was so cold and the kids lost interest quickly. After a stroll up and down the hill, we walked to Mama C's and ate a delicious lunch. Not surprisingly, our journey brought up some interesting questions. Who are all those people? What happens at night at a graveyard? Do their hands come out of the ground? Who knows?! I would never be brave enough to find out. But really, it was such an unlikely thing to do that turned out to be really fun and interesting. I'm glad we checked it out!
|love the skull on the right. so interesting how that image on a gravestone would never be appropriate today.|
|Rob: Putting the fun back in funeral.|
This unlikely kid-friendly activity was great because it was free. If it was a failure, it wouldn't have been a big loss. The opera, however, took more preparation on my part. Find out the things I did to make it a night Ella and I would never forget here. It's one of my favorite articles I've written for Elizabeth Street yet. :)