Friday, April 21, 2017

Tree Shaped Tombstones - Galesville Wisconsin

The cemetery in Galesville is built into the side of a rather steep hill.  It seems an inconvenient set up for all sorts of reasons.

Be that as it may it did contain one rather interesting "Tree Shaped Tombstone", of a type I had not seen before.

From the front view it is a rather average looking specimen, perhaps a little on the stocky side.

It has this deep indentation on the front.  It really looks as if something was supposed to fit in there. Perhaps a little carved bird's nest?

The sentiments on the side are peacefull.

The really peculiar thing was this curvy branch.  It looks like a tea kettle spout.  

Years into my hunt for these monuments and I still am regularly finding new versions.


Jeffrey Smith said...

Perhaps the indentation was meant to hold a picture of the deceased? Especially since it is directly above the name.

Alternative: a place to leave flowers.

Tacitus2 said...

Perhaps. The picture holders are uncommon, see my post a few weeks back about their incidence in Bohemian cemeteries. Seems a shallow niche for flowers but maybe. I need to find some contemporary sources on the matter.