This week is overcast and stormy as February in New England tends to be. Forecasts of snow and rain and mix do not lend well to romping through graveyards and cemeteries, HOWEVER, I did just that while the snow was low and before it gained depth once again.
Hillcrest Cemetery is located on a rural road in Litchfield NH. I enjoyed the drive almost as much as the Cemetery itself, passing old farmhouses and a stone library which I’ll have to check out later.
As I said, the day was overcast so with my uncomplicated and inexpensive camera, some images are a bit darker than I’d like. If I ever get to figuring out a photo editing program I will fix that but until then, I have this explanation.
The Cemetery seems to have been used (and may still be) up until the late 1990’s. I don’t recall any newer graves but my observations were limited by snow and time.
You can see some of the English and Scottish history of the area in the names on the stones: Kendall, Reid, Underwood, McQuesten, Leach, Parker and the most notable Bancroft. This is probably one of the most recognized local names because of the Charles Bancroft Highway which really isn’t much of a highway, just a 2 lane road through Litchfield.
One of the most interesting graves I saw was a more recent one with the name “Anderson”. To the right of the name stone there is a small statue of a bison and some sort of animal antler on the ground behind it. Curiouser and curiouser.