Country Cemetery At Night

The area where we live here in northeast Kansas was once more heavily populated than it is now. Settled in the 1860s, the rural population grew until the turn of the century, but the numbers have declined ever since. As we drive through the countryside today, Harland often points and says, “There used to be a house there…… and one there too…I’m told there was a farm there…a house on that hill…”. It’s sad.¬† A few miles from our house, there is an old country cemetery.

There is no church nearby or town, just a cemetery surrounded by cornfields and pasture.

It’s thought there may have been a church here at one time. There are only about¬†50 headstones there ranging in age from the 1870s to the present.

I enjoy being outside in the evening. And for some time I’ve wanted to take pics of old tombstones at night. And this weekend seems a perfect day to show you these.



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19 Responses

  1. Peggy says:

    Wow! This looks so creepy! Great photos! Wish I was there, you all would be so much fun to hang around with.

  2. Jo Anne says:

    Awesome pics! I especially like the one with the lone tombstone and the stars. You take very interesting photos.

  3. Jeannelle says:

    Great idea to take those night shots. It might be a township cemetery. There was one not far from the farm where I grew up. It wasn’t connected with any one church. When the area was first settled, someone donated the plot of land for the cemetery.

  4. Julie says:

    I’ve always wanted to take pictures of a cemetery too. I LOVE the last picture with all the stars. Just lovely.

  5. Sarah Lynn says:

    I love old cemeteries. We just visited Christ Church cemetery in Philadelphia in September, where Benjamin Franklin is buried. Such old years on the gravestones.

  6. Pam K. says:

    What a clear night sky full of stars! Beautiful!

  7. Stitches says:

    I love your cemetery pictures, they must have been taken during the “blue hour”. I like going to old cemeteries and looking for unique headstones, some are so interesting. You take the best pictures, love your blog too. Thanks, Sandy

  8. Jeanne Owens says:

    Awesome! I love the first photo ~ the old headstone, the newer stone and in the far distance, lights…….and life.

  9. Sue, a Florida Farm Girl says:

    Not spooky at all. Beautiful.

  10. Melanie says:

    Very fitting for the weekend!! We grew up near a cemetery just like that in the country. Our 4-H group took care of the mowing every summer. It was so cool to look over the headstones. .Funny, I stopped the kids by on our way home Memorial weekend to let them snap some photos too. .yours were way up there in the spookiness factor though. .very cool!

  11. Becky L. says:

    Thanks for sharing the photos of cemetery at night. I like the last two with stars. Good job and I’m reading this right b4 I go to bed. oh dear! Yes, old cemeteries are interesting. Often wonder what their life was like back then! Have a good weekend!

  12. What a coincidence! My in-laws and I visited an old cemetery in Gold Country in the Sierra Nevadas in California, and I’ve got some cool headstone pics up! I love old cemeteries. These are very interesting. Thanks for putting them up!


  13. Doe of Mi. says:

    My parents are buried in a cemetery just like that, most of my Step Mom’s whole family is there. And yes it also is circled by grain fields and a gravel road. In the middle of no where, about 3-4 miles from their orginal farm. Which had a wood cooking stove that was still in use when I was a teen ager(back in the 1950’s).

  14. Aletha says:

    Wow that is beauty with the stones at night and all asleep and in peace. Wondering what type of life they lead or where they were going.

  15. Cool photos! I love the last one with the evening stars! That is awesome! Old tomb stones are fascinating..I have taken a few photos of some as well.

  16. Rossana says:

    I can’t believe all the stars in that last photo. The sky is never that clear where I live. Too much light pollution. Great photos, all of them.

  17. Dennis says:

    Very good shots- a couple are creepy, even though they shouldn’t be…

  18. K says:

    I found these pictures comforting, the photographer used a great perspective in her shots.

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