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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Strange and Spooky Grave

Here is a bit of a weird spooky bit of trivia to usher in Halloween.

Florence Irene Ford Born: September 3, 1861 Died : October 30, 1871

Ten-year-old Florence died of yellow fever. During her short life she was very frightened of storms and whenever one rolled-in she would rush to her mother to find comfort.

Upon her death her mother was so struck with grief that she had Florence’s casket constructed with a glass window at the child’s head. The grave was dug to provide an area, the same depth of the coffin, at the child’s head, but this area had steps that would allow the mother to descend to her daughter’s level so she could comfort Florence during storms. To shelter the mother during storms, hinged metal trap doors were installed over the area the mother would occupy while at her child’s grave.

In this picture you can see the trap doors behind little Florence’s tombstone, which covers the stairway her mother used. They can still be opened today. In the mid 1950s a concrete wall was erected at the bottom of the stairway covering the glass window of Florence’s coffin to prevent vandalism. Kinda strange and spooky, eh?


  1. bluedreamer27 said...
    gheeeh thts really a spooky one nisha although its all for the love between the mother and child and its what we called eternal love
    nisha said...
    Hi bluedreamer as usual:)ive just posted this one and you're here!.. yeah its really spooky, this way the mother was always so close to her child, even though her child was no more..
    Noemi "Mica" Watson said...
    A mother's heart.
    Sweetiepie said...
    There is always love from our parent.No matter where we are they are always there with us.:)Kind of spooky to me too.
    nisha said...
    Hi mica so nice to see you.. thanks for the coming back always :)
    nisha said...
    sweetiepie.. yeah thats parents love :) always and forever..

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