Sunday, January 16, 2011
The Cemetery in the Snow
It rarely snows in the South. It snows so rarely that all of life seems to freeze when the first snow flake hits the ground. School stops, work stops, the stores are quiet. The snow casts a strange silence in the South and I couldn't help but wonder what the cemetery would look like draped in quiet white. So I went to Huntsville's most famous cemetery to take pictures and explore a little in the snow. Maple Hill Cemetery is the oldest and largest cemetery in Alabama. It was begun on two acres of land and those acres were sold to the city for 200 dollars. The cemetery has grown to over a hundred acres. Its oldest grave stone is from1812 and it is of a little girl. Like many cemeteries, Maple Hill Cemetery boasts many ghosts. Its long history and many stories stretch as far as the imagination. Ghosts and stories hide behind the tombstones like shadows waiting to spring out.