Hi everyone! I know it might sound a little odd that we visited a cemetery for an afternoon outing, but if you know anything about the rural cemetery movement in the 19th century, then you know that some cemeteries look and feel like parks. Planners purposely designed them to draw visitors. Graveyards became destination sites, filled with water features, gardens, and forested areas. Albany Rural Cemetery, built in 1841, is no exception.
I have to tell you, I took these photos on my husband’s iPhone 5. Upon arriving at the cemetery, I discovered that the batteries of both my Canon Rebel and iPhone 5s were dead. Sigh. While the photos would definitely have been better on my Canon, I was not completely disappointed with my husband’s phone. What do you think?
The theme for the day: guardian angels. Some with blue sky backdrops, others with show-stopping leaf canopies.
Erastus Dow Palmer, a well-known Albany sculptor from this period created this masterpiece.
Several NYS governors and city mayors have made Albany Rural Cemetery their final resting place. Erastus Corning, founder of the New York Central Railway in the mid-1800s–the largest corporation in America at the time–is buried here along with many other family members. His great-grandson, Erastus Corning the 2nd would, as mayor of Albany for forty-two years, be an integral part of one of the longest lasting political machines in the country. Very interesting story in the Albany Times Union about the family plot (the largest in the cemetery).
Times Union article by Paul Grondahl
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