Detail of a tombstone from the Circular Congregational Church graveyard....

This graveyard is Charleston's oldest known organized burial ground, circa 1695. Many of the headstones are so time-worn that they're unreadable, cracked or otherwise decayed.
The church itself, founded around 1681, is one of the South's oldest worship congregations still in service.

Since I was small, I've visited countless cemeteries. I cannot explain the appeal but it's a humbling, sobering act to walk through a burial ground and encounter monuments that mark the birth and death of lives long passed from this material world.


Christine Eadie said...

And there are so many to see around Charleston. Magnolia Cemetery is HUGE. If you haven't been, you should check it out.

Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

Sounds wonderful. I haven't been to Magnolia yet but I'll put it on my list. Thanks for the tip.

Pete Hoge said...

I have been in Philly for
2 decades and the ancient
spirits of colonial times
seem to haunt us.