As you begin your "Walk Through History", take the time to observe the many beautiful tombstones that enhance our cemetery. The early stonecutters were artists, and some of these sculptuers are equal to art found in our finest museums. Each individual, or members of their family, selected monuments that not only identified the final resting place of their loved ones, but added items with symbols pertaining to the deceased. Some items identified occupation, association membership, character, religion affiliation, or a type of life the deceased led while on Earth.

It is impossible to interpret all the symbols found on these monuments. An individual might have just liked a certain symbol, its meaning known only to the parties involved. But, as a general rule the following lists define the most common form of symbols that you will observe. On your walk, select a monument and try to identify the different symbols.

CEMETERY SYMBOLISMS