Sticks and Stones: Three Centuries of North Carolina Gravemarkers / Edition 1 by M. Ruth Little, Tim Buchman | | 9780807824177 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Sticks and Stones: Three Centuries of North Carolina Gravemarkers / Edition 1

Sticks and Stones: Three Centuries of North Carolina Gravemarkers / Edition 1

by M. Ruth Little, Tim Buchman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807824178

ISBN-13: 9780807824177

Pub. Date: 10/26/1998

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

An old graveyard, writes Ruth Little, is a cultural encyclopedia—an invaluable source of insight and information about the families, traditions, and cultural connections that shape a community. But although graveyards and gravemarkers have long been recognized as vital elements of the material culture of New England, they have not received the same attention

Overview

An old graveyard, writes Ruth Little, is a cultural encyclopedia—an invaluable source of insight and information about the families, traditions, and cultural connections that shape a community. But although graveyards and gravemarkers have long been recognized as vital elements of the material culture of New England, they have not received the same attention in the South. Sticks and Stones is the first book to consider the full spectrum of gravemarkers, both plain and fancy, in a southeastern state.
From gravehouses to cedar boards to seashell mounds to tomb-tables to pierced soapstones to homemade concrete headstones, an incredibly rich collection of gravemarker types populates North Carolina's graveyards. Exploring the cultural, economic, and material differences that gave rise to such variation, Little traces three major parallel developments: a tradition of headstones crafted of native materials by country artisans; a series of marble monuments created by metropolitan stonecutters; and a largely twentieth-century legacy of wood and concrete markers made within the African American community.
With more than 230 illustrations, including 120 stunning photographs by Tim Buchman, Sticks and Stones offers an illuminating look at an important facet of North Carolina's cultural heritage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807824177
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
10/26/1998
Series:
Richard Hampton Jenrette Series in Architecture and the Decorative Arts
Edition description:
1
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface
Sponsors of the Photography

Chapter 1. Cultural Clues in Old Graveyards
Chapter 2. Lost Sticks and Imported Stones: Coastal Plain Graveyards and Markers
Chapter 3. Fieldstones and Fancy Stones: Piedmont and Mountain Graveyards and Markers
Chapter 4. Backcountry Stonecutters
Chapter 5. Marble Yards and Marble Cutters
Chapter 6. The Living Vernacular: Twentieth-Century Traditional White and African American Markers
Conclusion. Remember as You Pass Me By

Appendix A. Stonecutters and Gravemarker Artisans Represented in North Carolina Cemeteries
Appendix B. Marble Cutters and Stonecutters in North Carolina, 1850-1896

Glossary
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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