Back to Oakdale Cemetery

This week I returned to the Wilmington, North Carolina region. It was a short trip, cut even shorter by unexpected illness but I was determined not to miss beautiful Oakdale Cemetery.

A storm brewed in the distance causing overcast skies-not the best lighting for photos in an area ripe with vegetation but I think I captured a few nice images.

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Originally Reverend Robert Moran’s marble sarcophagus allowed visitors to slide back its lid to view his body. It’s too bad this is no longer an option.
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The Fisher mausoleum

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I love the details on this ironwork fencing.
I love the details on this ironwork fencing.
The entrance to the Hebrew Cemetery
The entrance to the Hebrew Cemetery
Markers for the Smallbones
Markers for the Smallbones
Lovely poetry on Isabelle Smallbones' footstone
Lovely poetry on Isabelle Smallbones’ footstone
Walter Smallbones’ footstone with an inscription from Rupert Brooke’s “The Soldier”

In the center of this photo is Nancy Martin’s cross-shaped marker. This is one of my favorite graves at Oakdale. If you recall, Nance was buried in a cask of alcohol after dying at sea on a business trip with her brother.

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The shared marker for Willie and Mary Isabel Bettencourt Mary's death notice in the Wilmington Journal stated that she was the only child of
The shared marker for Willie and Mary Isabel Bettencourt.  Mary’s death notice in the Wilmington Journal stated that she was the only child of “the late William H. Bettencourt” and died at age 17 months.

I was still unable to find Civil War spy Rose Greenhow’s grave even though I thought I knew its general location.

Maybe next time.

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