The Hippo


Oct 16, 2019








Visit a gravesite

Check out some of these gravesites of notable Granite Staters. 
Former U.S. President Franklin Pierce’s grave in the Old North Cemetery in Concord
Revolutionary War hero John Stark’s grave in Stark Park, Manchester
First alleged alien abductee Barney Hill Jr.’s grave in Greenwood Cemetery in Kingston
Red Sox Hall-of-Famer George Edward “Duffy” Lewis’ grave in Holy Cross Cemetery in Londonderry
Former slave and Revolutionary War hero Sampson Battis’ grave in Canterbury Village Cemetery in Canterbury
Poet and humorist Ogden Nash’s grave in East Cemetery in North Hampton
Video games inventor Ralph Baer’s grave in Manchester Hebrew Cemetery in Manchester
Declaration of Independence signer Josiah Bartlett’s grave in Stratham Cemetery in Stratham
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Willa Cather’s grave in Old Burying Ground in Jaffrey Center
Civil rights martyr Jonathan Myrick Daniels’ grave in Monadnock View Cemetery in Keene
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Eberhart’s grave in Dartmouth College Cemetery in Hanover
Ernest Hemingway’s first wife Hadley Hemingway Mowrer’s grave in Chocorua Cemetery in Tamworth
Jack Kerouac’s daughter and author Jan Michelle Kerouac’s grave in Old Saint Louis de Gonzague Cemetery in Nashua
Scientific luminary and chaos theory co-founder Edward Norton Lorenz’ grave in Waterville Valley Cemetery in Waterville Valley

Grave Sights

By Ryan Lessard

Whether it’s to enjoy the solace of a cemetery, appreciate the stone-carved artwork of a gravestone or pay respects to captains of industry, heros of war or enterprising former slaves, New Hampshire has several graves of note worth visiting.

David Watters is a state senator and a professor of English at the University of New Hampshire. He has studied the older grave sites of New England for their craftsmanship and symbology.
Watters says graves from about 1670 at Point of Graves in Portsmouth are great examples of Puritan spiritual anxieties.
“In that cemetery, in particular, you’ll see the early kind of Puritan beliefs. They believed the soul, when you die, comes out, is literally breathed out of your mouth and the air is full of devils that might come and try to take it and carry it away,” Watters said. 
This led to a common motif carved into headstones.
“The classic invention of early New England carving is the winged death’s head,” Watters said.
The winged skull with large teeth and eyeballs is enough to give anyone the creeps. But Watters says it’s not all spooky. Some of the artwork is more hopeful, with depictions of angelic faces and vines and flowers representing the new Eden meant to spring up in New England after the Second Coming of Christ.
“A really great place to go is in Derry … and Chester, New Hampshire, in the Scotch-Irish community. Because when they came to New Hampshire in 1718 in large numbers, they brought their own gravestone carver with them: John Wight,” Watters said. “He has these wonderful folk images of coffins and hex signs and hourglasses. It really is a very distinctive style of carving.”
He says some of the stones have carvings of hearts while others have Scottish cross wheels.
By the 1830s, Watters said, mausoleums were built with opulence, some inspired by Greco-Roman architecture, as a way to celebrate democracy and show off the rewards of industry. The mausoleum of former Gov. Frederick Smyth in Manchester’s Pine Grove Cemetery is designed to look like the Greek Parthenon.
“You really have these full scale temples and obelisks and monuments that expressed that kind of confidence, but also a focus on the family,” Watters said. 
He said when whole families were interred in a mausoleum it was symbolic of the heavenly home. 

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