Monday, January 18, 2010
Wreath distribution in the two cemeteries north and south of Madison's Speedway Road
These two Madison cemeteries date back to the mid-19th Century, when the city of Madison bought a single parcel of land spanning what's now Speedway Road. The city retained the land to the south for Forest Hill Cemetery, and sold the northern section to the Diocese of Madison for use as a Catholic cemetery that's now called Resurrection Cemetery.
Forest Hill is hillier and has more trees (the high ground was also used as a Native American burial site). Resurrection Cemetery is flatter and has fewer trees. But this time of year, the biggest difference between the two cemeteries seems to be the distribution of holiday wreaths. The newer sections of Resurrection Cemetery contain numerous wreaths, most of which seem to have come from the same supplier, each having a large red ribbon and three large pine cones. In contrast, there are fewer wreaths in Forest Hill. They're more scattered and there seems to be a greater variety of designs, as if they came from different places.
Curious what accounts for the difference. Anyone know?