Cemetery Art, Cedar Crossing

Cedar Crossing GA Toombs County Cemetery Decoration Young Girl in Dress Painted Statue Holding Basket of Flowers Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

While they seem bizarre to some, these decorations are a time-honored tradition in some Southern cemeteries and represent a deep love for the departed and a celebration of life. Whether simple or elaborate, they’re always interesting to photograph. These are located at the Methodist cemetery.

Cedar Crossing GA Toombs County Cemetery Decoration Whitetail Deer Meditation Bench Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Cedar Crossing GA Toombs County Cemetery Decoration Hammers Embedded in Gravestone Slab Picture Image Photograph Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

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11 responses to “Cemetery Art, Cedar Crossing

  1. Anyone who knew my Father, Hugh Smith, knew his work was truly his expression of art. He was a master craftsman and took great pride in his labors. The gravestone my brothers created for him is a beautiful tribute to our Daddy and it is so comforting to see the tools that were as much an extension of him as were the hands that wielded them.

  2. Kerri Lawrence

    This is my Daddy’s grave. He was a simple hardworking man in his day. He is sorely missed. And I know he would want no other slab on his grave.

  3. Tony Smith

    Hello my name is Tony Smith…The picture above is a pisture of My Dads gravesite.My brothers and I felt it would be as Dad would want it with his sons getting together to build this.He was a Cement finisher/frame carpenter and all around House builder.We built this in honor of Dad by hand.He had 15 children and many Grandchildren.

    • Tony Smith

      The Hammers belong to him.The one on the right was his for years.The one on the left was given to him by his brother Curtis Smith(Nick)He is buried to Dads left.This why the the hammer on the left is there.Dad was the smartest man I ever met.He is missed dearly.Thanks for posting this.

      • Thanks for sharing these memories, Tony. I think the hammers are so neat and what a great way to remember someone. Coming from a family of farmers and carpenters, I understand how important they are symbols to the hard work they did.

  4. wendell

    Hi Brian, I really enjoyed these old cemetery gravesite photos. The one that really struck me was the grave stone with the embedded hammers. The placement of the hammers there seems a remarkable art in its own right. Plus the sentiment alone has to be well thought out. Thanks

  5. Gary

    Great photographs. I love exploring old cemeteries. I think I will take my camera along on my next cemetery visit.

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