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"A cemetery is a history of people - a perpetual record of yesterday and sanctuary of peace and quiet today. A cemetery exists because every life is worth loving and remembering - always." - Author Unknown
Crisfield was founded in 1666. By 1904, Crisfield was the second largest city in the state of Maryland. That changed over the years, and now we have around 2,800 people in the city limits. I'm good with that.
Since the early days, Crisfielders have been hardworking people living uncomplicated lives. That kind of stuck.
For that reason, we don't have a lot of upscale cemeteries or decorative grave markers in Crisfield. There are no towering angels; no massive statues, unless you count our Dough Boy. We do have some fancy grave markers, but giving our history, I went with a simplistic photo shoot; more of a snap shot tour instead of an artsy photographic study.
This is our main cemetery where the Dough Boy stands guard.
You can ride around Crisfield and see grave markers in many yards. Sometimes you will see one out in a open field. Sometimes you'll catch a glimpse of one peeking out from behind vines and overgrown brush in the woods.
This is a shot taken at the Asbury United Methodist Church around the corner from me. I love those beautiful purple flowers.
St. Peters Methodist Church was founded in 1782. It is known as the spiritual birthplace of Joshua Thomas who preached his first sermon at the church in 1807. Thomas, who is famous for getting into a log canoe and traveling many miles to preach on islands like Deal Island and Smith Island, was known as the “Parson of the Islands”. 500 yards to the north of the sign is where he launched his first log canoe, “The Methodist”.
This cemetery is a short drive out of of Crisfield, but I thought I would include it because it fascinates me.
Coventry Parish Church was erected in 1784 -1792, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Thanks to the Rehobeth Ruritan Club, the Maryland Historical Trust, and Somerset County Historical Trust the ruins were stabilized.
"The Christian cemetery is a memorial and a record. It is not a mere field in which the dead are stowed away unknown; it is a touching and beautiful history, written in family burial plots, in mounded graves, in sculptured and inscribed monuments. It tells the story of the past, not of its institutions, or its wars, or its ideas, but of its individual lives,--of its men and women and children, and of its household. It is silent, but eloquent; it is common, but it is unique. We find no such history elsewhere; there are no records in all the wide world in which we can discover so much that is suggestive, so much that is pathetic and impressive." - Joesph Anderson, American clergyman (1836 -1916)