October at Lynchburg’s Spring Hill Cemetery

Yesterday I revisited Lynchburg’s Old City Cemetery and stopped by nearby Spring Hill Cemetery. Established in 1855, Spring Hill was the city’s first burial ground designed in the rural cemetery style. Celebrated landscape architect John Nottman, responsible for the design of Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery, plotted Spring Hill’s beautiful grounds. You’ll notice in the photos below the many examples of Victorian symbolism throughout the tombstones.I wish I’d had more time to explore, but I was running out of daylight and already exhausted from my first haunting. (My fatigue is obvious in these photos.)

“Slaughter”
Wheat (left), cross & crown (right). Wheat (a symbol of harvest) is commonly found on the markers of older people.
This family was a fan of the weeping willow symbol.
cross & crown surrounded by a floral wreath
The Helbig family monument is topped with a sphere.
clasped hands
This was one of the more “modern” grave markers, but I loved the name.
lilies
Mr. Coffee’s monument features a draped urn and floral wreath.
This infant’s marker is designed with a scene including a lamb, trees, and a gazebo. If that’s a palm tree, it symbolizes victory over death.
Samuel Miller founded the Lynchburg Female Orphan Asylum. Some cursory research indicates that this land was one on the asylum grounds. I’ll have to look into that more.
The following smaller, uniformly-shaped markers are just a few feet away from Miller’s. They have different surnames and belong to mostly children. It’s possible that these were orphans who died in the asylum.
I thought this belonged to an infant, but the slab indicates that the decedent was in her 20s. I’m not sure if this was originally two separate markers restored as one or if the sleeping baby was original to the design.
There was a glass or acrylic panel on the far side of the marker, something I’ve never seen before.
I like a city that plans for cemeterial emergencies.
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