Fifteen Florida Cemeteries: Strange Tales Unearthed (Paperback)Lola Haskins (author)
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Lola Haskins takes readers on a tour like no other. Travelling to Florida's most interesting cemeteries, she visits Napoleon's nephew, tells the gruesome story of a man who dug up his love and lived with her for seven years, and even shares a murder mystery.
Whether the final resting places of Civil War soldiers killed in battle or of the four-hundred-year-old remains of nuns peacefully interred by their shell-studded chapel, each plot has a unique story to tell. The 1918 flu epidemic, for example, comes alive in five graves behind a small white church overlooking the Santa Fe River: four children and their mother, dead within a week of each other.
Each chapter features a substantial description of (and driving directions to) a particular location, an overview of the local community, and an extended profile of one of that cemetery's most interesting ""residents."" Haskins also includes first-person reflections on mortality, on what it means to die and to grieve for the dead, and fact-filled discussions of changing burial practices and religious beliefs. She even visits a pet cemetery and a racehorse cemetery, sharing stories of a ghost dog and a horse that got a speeding ticket.
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 229 x 129 x 18 mm
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