New Hampshire Book of the Dead: Graveyard Legends and Lore

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New Hampshire’s historic graveyards, from Portsmouth to North Conway, have bizarre and eerie stories to offer their visitors. Graveyards often invoke fear and superstition among the living, but the dead who rest within them may have more to communicate to the world they left behind. The sands of Pine Grove Cemetery in Hampton once concealed the tombstone of Susanna Smith, but now its message—which reads simply “Slaine with thunder”—and her story have risen from beneath the soil. The Point of Graves Cemetery in ...
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New Hampshire’s historic graveyards, from Portsmouth to North Conway, have bizarre and eerie stories to offer their visitors. Graveyards often invoke fear and superstition among the living, but the dead who rest within them may have more to communicate to the world they left behind. The sands of Pine Grove Cemetery in Hampton once concealed the tombstone of Susanna Smith, but now its message—which reads simply “Slaine with thunder”—and her story have risen from beneath the soil. The Point of Graves Cemetery in Portsmouth is home to the spirit of Elizabeth Pierce, who beckons departing guests back to her grave. Along the state’s southern border in Jaffrey, tombstones at Philips-Heil Cemetery caution the living to cherish life. Author Roxie Zwicker tours the Granite State’s oldest burial grounds, exploring the stones, stories and folklore of these hallowed places.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781609497569
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,421,149
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Roxie Zwicker is a celebrated New England-based writer and storyteller.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Discovering Historic New Hampshire Graveyards 9

2 An Early Landscape of Death: Colonial Burying Grounds of the Seacoast 11

3 Merrimack Valley and the Capital Area 31

4 White Mountains and the Great North Woods 45

5 Monadnock Valley 59

6 Bone Chilling Tales 67

7 Unearthing the Ghosts 81

8 Speaking Stones: Epitaphs to Remember 99

9 You are not Forgotten 114

Conclusion 121

Bibliography 123

About the Author 127

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