From the earliest memorials used by Native Americans to the elaborate structures of the present day, Richard Veit and Mark Nonestied use grave markers to take an off-beat look at New Jersey's history that is both fascinating and unique.
About the Author
RICHARD VEIT is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University. He is the author of Digging New Jersey's Past: Historical Archaeology in the Garden State, winner of the 2003 New Jersey Historic Preservation Award.
MARK NONESTIED has been a staff member of the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission since 1991. He currently serves as the Director of Exhibits and Programs at a historic site in Piscataway.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations vii Acknowledgments xiii
1 Why Study Historic Burial Grounds? 1
2 Early American Burial Grounds and Gravemarkers 13
3 New Jersey's Colonial Gravemarkers 38
4 From Graveyards and Burying Grounds to Cemeteries 76
5 Victorian Valhallas: From Markers to Monuments 112
6 New Technology, New Tools: The Professionalization of the Monument Industry 155
7 New Immigrants, New Traditions 170
8 Alternative Gravemarking Traditions; or, When a Gravestone Isn't a Gravestone 196
9 Mansions of Immortality: Mausoleums and Columbaria 218
10 Modern Marvels: The New Cemetery Aesthetic 235
11 New Jersey's Burial Grounds Past and Present 259 Appendix A Burial Grounds Visited 267 Appendix B Gravestone Carvers Active in New Jersey 275 Bibliography 289 Index 305
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