I have an Instagram account where I follow others who post pics of vintage signs, and I post pics too when I'm on the road -- check out @sign_on_the_dotted_line on Instagram.
I've published several posts about abandoned places here on my plog (poetry blog) -- HERE -- so many, in fact, that when you scroll down to the bottom of the linked page, click on "previous" to see more.
I've also published various posts about old cemeteries (for example, HERE -- and two cemeteries are included in my page about our trip to Savannah, HERE). Several times I've posted pictures from my favorite old, gothic cemetery, Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia (click HERE and scroll down).
I even have a beautiful coffee-table book about the history of Hollywood Cemetery by John O. Peters. (I ask again, does this make me weird?)
Here's a little bit of the cemetery's history from their website; "Established in 1847, Hollywood Cemetery is a fully operational cemetery located in Richmond, Virginia. Designed in 1847 by noted architect John Notman of Philadelphia, Hollywood Cemetery is known as a garden cemetery, a landscape style that became popular in the 19th century. Located on the banks of the James River in the state capital of Virginia, the cemetery spans 135 acres of valleys, hills, and stately trees. Its natural and architecutral beauty sets it apart from the grid-like layout of modern cemeteries and its natural beauty has earned its recognition as a registered arboretum." More information is HERE.
By Emily Dickinson:
As by the dead we love to sit,
Become so wondrous dear --
As for the lost we grapple
Tho' all the rest are here --
In broken mathematics
We estimate our prize
Vast — in its fading ration
To our penurious eyes!
Yesterday was a beautiful fall day, so my wife and I drove to Richmond to walk through the cemetery again. Below are pics of some of the grave sites we strolled past. Click the images to enlarge.
At the right: The grave site of Henry A Wise, a governor of Virginia and later a a brigadier general in the Confederate army during the Civil War.
From Encyclopedia Virginia: "Perhaps best known for being governor when Brown attempted to spark a slave rebellion at Harpers Ferry, Wise had the authority to commute Brown's death sentence. Instead, he allowed the execution to take place, making possible the radical abolitionist's ascension to martyrdom." More info is HERE.
At the left: The grave site of Matthew Fontaine Maury, an American astronomer and naval officer, He was nicknamed "Pathfinder of the Seas" and "Father of Modern Oceanography and Naval Meteorology"
With the outbreak of the Civil War, Maury resigned his commission as a US Navy commander and joined the Confederacy.
At the left and right: John Garland Pollard was the 51st Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Among other accomplishments, Pollard was most proud of establishing the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the first state art museum in the United States.
At the left: The burial site of Captain Barrett Price who served in the American Revolutionary War and died in 1794.
Information is HERE.
At the right: The burial site of Joseph Reid Anderson, an American civil engineer, industrialist, politician and soldier. During the American Civil War he served as a Confederate general, and his Tredegar Iron Company was a major source of munitions and ordnance for the CSA.
Below: A few miscellaneous shots from around the cemetery. Click the images to enlarge.