#ThursdayDoors | Visiting A Spooky Cemetery, Playing The Hand You’re Dealt

Today I’m joining Thursday Doors, hosted by Norm Frampton, so that I can share with you the following door photos– and a bit of almost forgotten history.

I took these photos at Evergreen Cemetery in Miamiville, OH. It’s a small well-tended cemetery that is typical of township cemeteries throughout Ohio.  

What is not typical in this cemetery is one particular tombstone [2 photos below] that you can see from the road as you drive by.  

Here are some pics of what I saw at this cemetery on an unexpectedly foggy October morning. The whole place looked so spooky cool– just perfect for my adventure.

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DOORS on stone building erected 1870.

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Typical old tombstones from 1800s.

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Typical older monument with girl looking skyward.

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DOORS on monument in newer part of cemetery.

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Tombstone of Charlie Henry Rich, the man who in 1867 dealt the infamous “Aces and Eights” [Dead Man’s Hand] to Wild Bill Hickok in Deadwood, S.D.

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Back of Charlie Henry Rich’s tombstone that is equally not as typical as the front.

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DOOR on cemetery maintenance building built in 1983.

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Ally Bean

Observant. Creative. Humorous. Adaptable. Happy enough. Looking for the crumb of truth in the cookie of life.

63 thoughts on “#ThursdayDoors | Visiting A Spooky Cemetery, Playing The Hand You’re Dealt”

    1. roughwighting, I like to walk through cemeteries, too. I almost didn’t make the effort to go to the cemetery when I saw the fog that morning, but decided it might be a cool feature for my photo shoot. And it was.

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  1. My youngest and I were in college around the same time. We were both interested in anthropology, and she more so in archaeology. We spent time on occasion wandering around in some cemeteries. It was fascinating to compare monuments, epitaphs, even entire areas of the cemetery proper. The fog really adds to this seasonal post Ally. Any plans to go back after dark? 😉

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    1. Deb, I like wandering around cemeteries, looking at the names and dates of those people who are buried there. I hadn’t thought of it as an anthological exploration but you’re right. No plans to go back here after dark– couldn’t if I wanted to, it closes at dusk.

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    1. Allie P, you said it! Embrace who you are, regardless of how it happened. 👀

      According to the local news, the tombstone was recently refurbished by the family, some members of whom, still live in the area.

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  2. Very cool tombstone. We live near Colma, CA which boasts that the population is more dead than alive since it is full of cemeteries. Wyatt Earp is buried in one. I have never gone roaming through but thanks to your post, perhaps I will go see what I can find. Thanks, Ally, for giving me an adventure!

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    1. Janet, Wyatt Earp? Brave, Courageous, and Bold! Long may he live in all his glory, And long may his story be told.

      Oh you have to go investigate and photograph that tombstone. That would be much cooler than Charlie Henry Rich [no offense intended, CHR].

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    1. Marian, I know. I hope that CHR did something more in his life than deal cards, but even if he didn’t it’s one heck of a tombstone. We should all be so honored when we’re gone. 😉

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    1. Margaret, I wondered about the cost, too. It’s about as custom as a tombstone can be, so I’m figuring thousands of $$$. Whatever it cost, the family got something memorable.

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    1. Carrie, I’d planned for weeks to get to this cemetery on this particular day at this time in the morning. So when I saw the fog, at first I was bummed. But then it occurred to me that this might enhance the photos. *bwha-ha-ha*

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    1. Norm, thank you. Considering I do not control the fog, I feel that I should only take partial credit for the photos. But I’ll admit it was fun to take them when the cemetery was all spooky-like.

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    1. Janis, I had to look up taphophile to find out what I was. Yep, I’m a tombstone tourist– and proud of it. Your vocabulary amazes me, and makes me a better person! I do hope that you decide to post some photos of your own. I know they’ll be good ones.

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  3. Splendid addition to #ThursdayDoors! I absolutely love the first set of doors. Well, the whole building, really. Those are some remarkable tombstones. The setting was perfect. Thanks for joining us!

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    1. joey, thank you. I thought that the first building’s door color against the stones with that roof color would make a pretty exterior house palette in today’s world. Not that we’re building, but if we were…

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          1. LOL I cannot. I must stay here in the house of greening lello with brown trim a la 1984, until one day, the bebes fly the nest and then I shall have monies to live in the house of warm lello with terra cotta trim — but yes, my door shall be painted green, apple green, but not acid, a warmer, muted tone.

            Frankly, I’m just glad to not live in a beige or white house as I have since 1986! Heh.

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            1. joey, you got a plan. Stick with it and all will happen in good time. I like the apple green door idea. At one time we had a house with a plum-colored door and I loved it because the door color seemed healthy– like fruit. [Perhaps that doesn’t make so much sense now that I wrote it.]

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                  1. I essentially live in a house of blues, blue greens, and cream. Whole house. It’s been a long time since I had CHOICE and I do relish it.
                    I like a bit of everything, and what I like best changes as I do — I’d suspect the same of you.

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  4. The foggy day adds to the ambiance of a cemetery-themed door post!

    My favourite photo is the last one. I’m assuming those are security cameras, on the top right, and it’s appropriate that they look like eyes.

    Someone … or something … is watching! 😱💀

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    1. Joanne, I didn’t plan for it to be foggy. It rarely is around here so the added ambiance was a gift. I like that last photo, too. So simple, so almost sinister with those “eyes.”

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    1. Thanks, Rebel Girl. That tombstone with the cards is something else. You can see it from the road, which is how I got interested in this cemetery to begin with. Thanks for stopping by to comment.

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    1. Kate, the fog wasn’t part of my plan, but I have to agree that it made for better pics.

      You have to be determined to find the aces and eights tombstone. The cemetery is not on or near a main road, and this guy’s part in history is a footnote, so I’ve got to think that the family loves it some drama in the way of this tombstone. 🙄

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