Sunday, December 6, 2009

A Sunday Stroll

Happy Sunday Everyone.
I hope you all have had a nice weekend. Mine was busy. I worked yesterday and today Dean and I went with Rebecca and Cody to VA. Beach to meet up with my son. He had a rare chance to take Cody aboard a Navy Ship (photos to follow in my next post) While they were doing that Rebecca and I ran into the toy store for some ideas for Santa, then we all had lunch with my mom. Later in the day we stopped at this wonderful old cemetery in Norfolk. I had know this cemetery was there but had never been. As you can see from the photos it is very old and some of the grave go back to the mid 1860's at lest. One of the more famous graves is that of Civil War Confederate Army Officer Charles Pickett, The brother of Major General George E. Pickett,. Both Charles and George fought at Gettysburg,

Also the largest grave *as you will see in the slid show* is of  John Core. He Served with John Singleton Mosby as one of his Rangers and with the Commissary General's Office during the Civil War. After the war, he returned to Norfolk where he became a very successful farmer and businessman. He founded John H. Core & Company which were importers, manufacturers, and packing agents.
He died in 1910 leaving an estate valued at over $500,000. He would have been a multi-millionaire by today's standards. He stated in his will that he wanted a mausoleum built in Elmwood Cemetery for his remains and those of his wife, Martha Anne. The couple had no children. He set aside $100,000 for the construction of the mausoleum.
My grandson Cody (who is a big fan of Gettysburg) quickly recognized the Confederate flags that were displayed on many of the graves in the cemetery. You can even see him salute at some of the graves. I thought that was really cute.
All in all it was a good day. I hope you enjoy my slide show

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Blogger Autumnforest said...

Sounds like you had a great time! I have to admit that I adore cemeteries most in the winter...when the plants are dead, the trees are bare, and there's snow sprinkling all over everything. They look so stark and serious with all the stones. Beautiful pic's. Thanks for sharing them!

December 7, 2009 at 12:25 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

That's quite the final resting place that John Core has there. I guess if you can't take it with you, you might as well have an elaborate grave to show people that you had it while on earth!

Looks like quite the interesting cemetery and definitely my kind of place!

December 7, 2009 at 12:34 AM  
Blogger Betsy from Tennessee said...

Interesting post, Patty. I enjoy old cemeteries also... So much history there.

Glad you had a nice day!!! I'm not surprised that your grandson is a Gettysburg fan!!! ha


December 7, 2009 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

Interesting pictures! When I go through a cemetary, I always wonder about the people and the lives they led - especially older cemetaries like this one.

December 7, 2009 at 7:29 PM  

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