The woods around here are full of the remnants of rural society that once farmed the land. Rough stone walls, bits of foundations, and traces of roads and tracks that ran connected long-gone farmsteads. Many of these have been lost to progress, but the burial grounds have generally been left alone.
This particular cemetery is one of three that served a small hamlet now gone. It had a long history, the British having marched through twice during the Revolution – the trails are still there. The cause of the settlement’s disappearance is unusual, however, it having been seized, evacuated, and largely demolished by the state to add to the adjacent state park, rather than being allowed to simply slip slowly away.
In spite of being in a park, the cemeteries here are still in use, as some of the old residents are still living, and they retain the right to be buried with their families. One of the others is relatively well-tended, but this one – inactive but for a small corner section – is left for the forest to slowly reclaim.
I hiked into the park with my Canon P, loaded with HP5+, and my newly-acquired Canon 35/1.8 (which will be formally introduced here soon), intent on giving the latter its first film test. As such, most of these are shot wide-open or close to it. I was sufficiently pleased with the results that I thought others might be interested in seeing them.