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Exploring Historic Cemeteries: Oakwood Cemetery – Is there one near you?

April A to Z Challenge 2020: It’s that time of year! Every April, bloggers around the world make posts for each letter of the alphabet. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to make friends online. Here’s my post for today:

[The following is an adapted excerpt from my book, Understanding Cemetery Symbols. I hope you enjoy it! Also, full disclosure: that’s an Amazon affiliate link. If you buy stuff after clicking it, I make a few pennies at no additional cost to you.]

Oakwood Cemetery gates in Fort Worth, Texas. photo (c) Tui Snider
Oakwood Cemetery gates in Fort Worth, Texas. photo (c) Tui Snider

A Common Cemetery Name

I sometimes joke that “Oakwood Cemetery” is the “John Smith” of cemetery names because it seems like every city has a burial ground by that name. Many times after I give a cemetery symbolism talk, audience members will ask if I’ve been to Oakwood Cemetery. I’ve learned to clarify exactly which Oakwood they mean!

Oakwood Cemetery is like “John Smith”

My little town doesn’t have one, but a few miles away in Fort Worth, Texas, we have our own Oakwood Cemetery. It’s gorgeous, full of history, and I visit as often as possible.

That’s why this made me laugh:

Last time I visited “my” Oakwood Cemetery, it suddenly dawned on me that not only is it the “John Smith” of cemetery names, but it was actually founded by a guy named John Smith!  Lol! Not sure why it took me so long to connect the dots on that one!

Take a Virtual Cemetery Tour with Me:

Here’s a quick video from my most recent trip to my Oakwood Cemetery. Want to join me? Along the way, we’ll drop by the grave of a famous lawman (Longhair Jim Courtwright) who lost his life in a Wild West gun battle: click here to see the video.

Learn more at my Historic Cemetery Podcast & YouTube Channel:

Do you have questions about headstone symbols? Drop by my YouTube channel and let me take you one some virtual cemetery tours! You can also tune in to my 30-minute historic cemetery podcast on the first Tuesday of each month: Tombstone Tuesday with Tui Snider.

READ MY BOOK: If you enjoy historic cemeteries and want to learn more, check out my book: Understanding Cemetery Symbols. It’s available on Amazon in paperback and ebook form.

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