Friday, May 3, 2013
Friday's Fences and a Grotto
I have noticed that most of the older cemeteries, in the area where I live, have some metal fencing. Sometimes it is only around one particular family plot. But, many times, the entire cemetery is surrounded by the old fencing.
The road, that passes by the church and cemetery, is one that I travel several times a week.
The cemetery and church are located high on a hill. To get to the next small town, I continue down this road winding around The Bluff, until I reach the valley.
I find the old gate open.....
Walking toward the back of the cemetery, the valley below becomes more visible.
This area was settled in 1856, when families arrived from Czechoslovakia. The first marked grave was in 1866.
Most passers-by come to see the Grotto, that was built in 1929. The Grotto is a reproduction of the world-renowned shrine of miracles in Lourdes, France. If you would like to read more about the building of the Grotto, click HERE.
Photographing at the edge of the grotto, the cemetery can be seen in the background.
All seems so peaceful, as I stand there for a few moments.... taking in the view of the valley below.
I'm joining with Jan n' Jer's Friday Fences.