Step Back in History Field Trip
We love taking part in Southold Historical Society's "Step Back in History" week! Mrs. Murphy, and all of the volunteers do such a wonderful job planning and organizing!
Fifth and Sixth Grade social studies students visited Southold Presbyterian Church's Old Burial Ground. There are about twenty graves dating back to the 1600s! Lots of people come from all over to see these stones. Many of the old stones are made from slate, marble, or sandstone. Most of the stone is from Connecticut, where the carvings were done. Many of the stones are cracked and very weathered; some are illegible now.
The West End is the oldest section of the cemetery. Many of the gravestones have skeletal images on them, and because people were afraid of death, they added angel wings to the bones. Most headstones were facing the west, and some had a matching foot stone facing the east.
There were a few Box Tombs, or raised boxes. The deceased are still buried underground, though. The stone boxes are made of sandstone, and due to weathering, many of the epitaphs have eroded away.
Burial ground is like an outdoor museum, and the epitaphs, or writings on the gravestones, explain a lot about the history of its' owner. Mrs. Butkovich did a lovely job explaining the history of this site. She taught us how to do grave rubbings on many of the newer gravestones that were made from granite.