Jon Kay on January 28, 2013

In a small country cemetery just outside Dugger, Indiana is a remarkable double treestump tombstone. These stones tend to be very biographical; the motifs carved into them often reveal information about the deceased, or at least how their family or community wanted to remember them. The spinning wheel is a common symbol for women who […]

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Jon Kay on August 2, 2011

In the Clear Creek Cemetery, just south of Bloomington, Indiana there are three distinctive gravestones, each of which are shaped like a blacksmith anvil with a hammers resting atop the limestone marker.  I believe these stones, were locally crafted, probably for blacksmiths who worked for the quarries producing and repairing tools.  Two of the stones […]

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Jon Kay on June 25, 2011

I was surprised to find two very large sandstone makers, when I drove up to the Bond Cemetery today;. Probably made in the 1890s, the stones show signs of wear and the layers of the stone are flaking pealing off layers of stone and aesthetic details. One of the stones appears to have been shot […]

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Jon Kay on June 8, 2011

The Greenwood Cemetery in Tell City in Perry County can boast some of the most distinctive sandstone markers in Indiana. Carved from a dark red colored stone, these stones standout on the hillside. While walking through the graveyard, I spotted this stone signed Hinkel.This stone could have been carved by William Hinkel, a “stonemason” from […]

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I saw this old Quaker Meeting house in Orange County Indiana, last month on my way to Kentucky for a music festival. I judged by the Greek Revival style that the building probably dated to the 1840s or 50s, so I did a quick u-turn to explore. I discovered an old graveyard behind with several […]

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