Monday, November 28, 2011

The graveyard by the schoolhouse

Only two stones, one headstone and one footstone, stand on their own in Hamilton Cemetery.

This tiny, inactive graveyard in rural Union County, Ohio is easy to miss—unless you are aware that it is next door to an old, brick one-room schoolhouse: Lenox School.

The single standing headstone marks the grave of Livonia Shaw (d. 1843). Her gravestone is mostly unadorned. In fact, except for a small pinwheel design, there is a large blank area where one would expect a willow or other such decorative art.

In memory of
LIVONIA wife of
who died Aug 9,
1843. Aged 3[0?]
years, & 3 mo.

Hamilton Cemetery (aka Lenox School Cemetery), Union County, Ohio


  1. Two of my favorite things: cemeteries and one-room schoolhouses. Always such amazing pictures. Thank you for all of your work on this blog.

  2. Thank you, Brian. I love one-room schoolhouses also. Even though there were no signs of recent activity, there were nice, white cafe curtains hanging in the windows. Someone has been taking care of it.


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