Five splendid funerary monuments in Falls Church

The most splendid, consistent, thematically coherent, and vibrantly alive tombstones I have ever seen are those erected by the extended Marks family in the Oakwood Cemetery of Falls Church. They are large and summon forth an astonishing array of images from their lives. Have a look: Nick Marks tombstone. Photo: author. Nick Marks was a …

Ivy Hill Cemetery, Alexandria, VA

Christina and I spent about an hour in Ivy Hill this afternoon (30 June 2019) before dinner. This was our first visit, merely a quick survey. There aren’t mausolea, and the monuments are not terribly interesting or provocative. A closer look may correct this superficial impression. The grounds are pretty well tended and really pretty, …

Floods and Schallers VI

The Great Necropolis. On 12 April 1866 Cornelius Washington Schaller, brother of my great-grandmother Florence May Schaller, died at the age of 3 years, 6 months, and 4 days. Lines of evidence point to the grief that any family would feel at such a wrenching occurrence, evidence that must not be overlooked even though it …