Saturday, November 12, 2011
Lichens on Gravestones - Orrock Cemetery
Sherburne History Center, the two cemeteries are very close together. Down the road from Orrock Cemetery I notice a little sign for another cemetery. The sign read Gronnerud Cemetery, along with mentioning a scout troop and the Sherburne County Historical Society. I got out of the car and followed a barely noticeable trail into the scrubby woods until I came across two gravestones. They were from the late 1800s, but were apparently tended for with a little bench and some flowers and were fenced in with a chain link fence, the fenced in area being about 5' x 5' (though a big tree had recently fallen on the fence). I wondered if this was the Two Stone Cemetery? Perhaps more importantly, it made me stop and contemplate the history of the two places I had just visited, in the sense of the stories of the people buried there, and of the natural history and how the two might possibly have intertwined.