Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Taphophile Tragics

The elaborate grave of Elizabeth "Bessie" Budd Graham is located in Old City Cemetery near downtown Tallahassee. The marker faces west instead of east like most of the inscribed faces of the markers in this cemetery and has inspired strange rumors through the years that she might have been a witch. Bessie was born on October 19, 1866 and died on November 24, 1887. Visit Taphophile Tragics to see more interesting cemetery shots from around the world.

15 comments:

Nicola Carpenter said...

She died very young. Hardly a life lived. But a very beautiful monument in her memory.

Beneath Thy Feet

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I wonder if that was true Lois, it does seem a little odd that she is the odd one out!

Lowell said...

Which kind of witch faces west? I dunno, but I find people's superstitions so funny sometimes. When I saw the last name I wondered it she was related to our former gov, Bob Graham, one of the last of the good guys! Whether Bessie was a witch or not, she didn't live very long and that is, indeed, tragic.

Halcyon said...

I like fancy ones like this! Nice find.

Tanya said...

interesting!

Lynette said...

My goodness, that's a fancy grave site for such a young woman. Thanks for this photo!

JM said...

I enlarged the photo, it's beautiful!

Sylvia K said...

It is beautiful indeed and sad that she died so young! Always leaves one asking questions about how and why??? Interesting that it faces a different direction than the others! Great post for the day, Lois!!

Bill Nicholls said...

Wish I had known of the cemetery when I was in the city working at the Magnet Labs. So much history round the place.

RedPat said...

Such a young woman - obviously well-loved.

VioletSky said...

It looks this must be a family plot. And maybe Bessie was the first to make it her new home?

Randy said...

I don't think I have seen one so large before.

Jack said...

This part of your graveyard would fit comfortably into many a New England cemetery.

Gene Anderson said...

Seems unlikely a witch would have a cross w/crown and IHS (for Jesus) on her grave, or even be allowed to be buried in a cemetery in those days.

marbletowns said...

Really interesting -- and so much detail!