Sunday, October 16, 2011

South Cemetery, Portsmouth NH

For the past two days I've revisited the South Cemetery in Portsmouth, NH and taken an additional 600-ish shots. The South Cemetery is comprised of 4-5 different cemeteries including Proprietor's Cemetery, Harmony Grove Cemetery and Cotton Burial Ground and is on South St. and Sagamore Ave. There are also a couple of plots here that were moved from other small family burying grounds that were in the way of progress and a growing downtown area, including the Cutts-Penhallow family burying ground that was once located on Green Street. Along with the family of John Rindge who was interred in the South Church beneath the altar before it burned to the ground.

Laurel tree
Most of the cemetery is a beautiful example of a Victorian garden cemetery, and has many flowering shrubs, ornamental trees (including large Hydrangea trees and a beautiful Laurel tree) and original wrought iron work. It's largely comprised of Marble stones but there are some slate, schist, granite and a handful of White Zinc monuments. There's also a large amount of Sandstone carvings both in gravestone monuments and border railings which is unusual.

There are also a lot of historic notables including generals from the Civil War, local notable politician/brewery king Frank Jones, Woodbury Langdon and the victims of the Smuttynose Murders

Too bad the proprietors of this cemetery don't seem to care much for it other than mowing the grass. This cemetery has a ridiculous amount of broken stones. Many are the casualties of vandals, or stones that were inset in curbs that due to frost and shifting earth have tipped over.

Smuttynose murder victims
I'm far from being done photographing this cemetery. 600 shots only covered a very small portion of this expansive resting place, and I feel I should reshoot all my previous material that was mostly done in poor light.

Check out the main page for the South Cemetery of Portsmouth, New Hampshire at http://www.gravematter.com/cem-nh-portsmouth2.asp

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