April 03, 2004
The day was entirely too beautiful to be indoors, so I opted out of any museuming in favor of a walk outside. I called up my grandmother to see if she was game, and it was a wrestling match with the phone - my wireless connection and my mom's broken receiver.
We managed to get it together though, and met up mid afternoon for a driving and walking tour of Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, located right around the corner in Northside.
- Founded in 1845, the original area of 166 hilly acres was purchased for $16,000. It was named Spring Grove because of the numerous springs and ancient groves of trees on the property.
- It now encompasses 733 acres of which 400 acres are landscaped and maintained.
- At first, I heard that this place was designed by the same fella behind Central Park. Not true. There's another Spring Grove Cemetery in Hartford, Connecticut that has this distinction.
- The arboretum, with over 1,200 species, has 1,000 labeled for study.
- There's a section where Gypsies are buried, noted by red granite monuments.
- The landscape "lawn plan" concept was created here.
- Forty generals from the Civil War are "planted" in Spring Grove
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