Winston County Graveshelters, Truck Memorials, And A Great Old ChurchMonday, March 21, 2011
I've said before that the best, best source on the web about grave shelters is this one; this past week I was just tickled to find a couple of new ones that I could tell John there about -- this one is on Trussell Road in Winston County, AL:
Each of these graveshelters are relatively new -- the earliest date here is 1997.
For those of us who are interested in folkways and customs, this is great news that people are continuing these traditions. This particular graveshelter was decorated very nicely:
Av thinks successful weekends include dirt roads, so he was happy as we were driving around:
We found this out of the blue -- a family who had put in a row three old trucks and what I think is an old mule-powered hay rake:
The important part about that is that these are memorials to family members, with names and dates:
Kevin's still with us.
We were next off to the Rocky Plains Church - they have a covered 'dinner on the ground' pavilion there on the right (if you have never been to a church dinner on the ground, go) which are thankfully very common here:
One poor family lost four babies in the space of about four years. A couple of the other stones had many Mason symbols:
We came to see the three graveshelters, which interestingly were for members of the Thomas family (wonder if they're related to the Thomas' up the road):
Nice calla lily on one of the monuments:
Next, I went to see the church: