Detroit's Woodmere Cemetery

In 1867, a roomful of men gathered in the office of a noted attorney to discuss Detroit s need for a rural cemetery They decided to form an association and invested their own money to purchase a plot of land that had once been occupied by Native Americans and then French settlers, a few miles from the heart of the city They chose this heavily wooded area because it offerIn 1867, a roomful of men gathered in the office of a noted attorney to discuss Detroit s need for a rural cemetery They decided to form an association and invested their own money to purchase a plot of land that had once been occupied by Native Americans and then French settlers, a few miles from the heart of the city They chose this heavily wooded area because it offered many acres of land that could accommodate the growing need for burial space, and it became the cornerstone of one of the city s oldest and most historic cemeteries, Woodmere Cemetery Cemetery acreage has been bought and sold, and buildings on the grounds have been raised and later razed Funeral procedures have changed, as well as cemetery ownership Still, Woodmere has remained one of Detroit s most beautiful treasures, where visitors can take a historical step back into time From the very rich to the very poor, many thousands have chosen Woodmere Cemetery to be their final resting place Through archival images, Detroit s Woodmere Cemetery takes a look at the movers and shakers of Detroit found in these bucolic grounds and glimpses the ordinary citizens who have lived and died through extraordinary circumstances.
Detroit s Woodmere Cemetery In a roomful of men gathered in the office of a noted attorney to discuss Detroit s need for a rural cemetery They decided to form an association and invested their own money to purchase a plot

  • Title: Detroit's Woodmere Cemetery
  • Author: Gail D. Hershenzon
  • ISBN: 9780738541204
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. July 28, 2008I've been on a cemetery roll lately. Woodmere is Detroit's largest, known for its "beauty, size and professional management," created with characteristics of a park, as many cemeteries across the nation were at the time. I was particularly impressed with landscape architect/superintendent Fred Higgins (1833-1910) a native New Yorker whose handiwork won acclaim throughout the United States. Other horticulturists made deliberate trips to examine new varieties of trees or plants he cul [...]

    2. Woodmere Cemetery isn't blessed with lots of permanent residents, but Gail Hershenzon's book does a wonderful job of bringing the place to life. She's specially skillful at summing up interesting residents in a paragraph, pointing out a number of fascinating monuments, and spinning some gruesome stories. My favorite is about Amelia Buck, buried in an unmarked grave. Her sister kept Amelia's body, convinced she could pray her back to life. She tried to feed her dead sister a little coffee each da [...]

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