A Pieceful Life

A Pieceful Life


I'm so glad that you stopped by, and hope that you enjoy your visit. Here you will find pieces of my life - quilting, cross-stitch, family, travel, friends.
My name is Peg - I am a 60ish wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend - and if we're not already related or friends, hope to become your friend too.
We live in the eastern end of the beautiful Fraser Valley, about 1.5 hours east of Vancouver, BC. Empty nesters, we have one son living just a few minutes away, our other son and daughter live in Alberta.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Just for you, Sis

On our last two trips, we’ve had the opportunity to appreciate some of the history found in cemeteries.  My sister and I are taphophiles, which means we like to visit cemeteries.  Last summer we visited a couple together.  This post is to share with her, the graveyards I visited this summer.

In June, we traveled along the Oregon Coast, where DH and I found the Fort Stevens military cemetery.

The tidy rows of gravestones demonstrated military organization at its finest:


Father and son buried back-to-back, with their epitaphs on either side of the same headstone:


And children commemorated simply:



In Barkerville, the cemetery is much more casual, established in 1863 when ‘they took (his) body to the side of the hill and buried him there’ :


Some plots are simply marked:


Others are much more formal:


In recent years, several headstones have been renewed:


But many plots are marked by a simple white cross with no name to designate the person laid at that spot:


So, sis, I hope you’ve enjoyed these cemetery crawls – maybe we can do another one together soon.

Happy crawling.            Blessings, Peg


  1. My mother often likes to visit local graveyards in search of headstones of distant relatives that she has discovered on her genealogy journey. She has even had relatives in the States and England go to cemeteries to take photographs of family tombstones. I had not heard the name of taphophiles before - I didn't know there was an actual name for this hobby VBG.
    Thanks for sharing this interesting information.

  2. your quilt is beautiful. Do you visit gravesites as part of geneology or just for fun?


  3. Hi Peg, taphophiles is a new word to me also. I sometimes visit the cemetery just for my loved ones. I so enjoy hearing about things you and your sister enjoy together. Blessings