Category Archives: Symbolism

Midway Church Cemetery-Midway, Georgia

The Midway Cemetery was started in 1752 alongside the Midway Congregational Church. The cemetery contains markers that represent the many years the cemetery has been active. Victorian reliefs, wooden markers, and crypts are just some of the examples that can be found.

It and the church were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

John Lambert, d. 1786
One of my favorite reliefs
View of the cemetery with obelisk
Reverend Moses Way, d. 1859
Slate marker
Rahn family wooden markers

Guyton Cemetery-Guyton, Georgia

Founded in 1871 in Guyton, Georgia, this town cemetery showcases some Victorian monuments, mostly for children, and modern headstones. A Confederate section also contains the bodies of 26 unknown soldiers.

The Confederate section
James Donald Pickard Jr. (1898-1899)
Janie Simmons, 1989-1912

Robert Read (1828-1859) Headstone, Georgia

This markers contains a great deal of imagery. The broken column represents a life cut short. The hourglass serves as a reminder as that life on earth is short. The angel with staff represents Father Time. A fuller explanation is that the symbols collectively communicate the story of the Weeping Virgin.