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Whispers in the Cemetery – The Stones Tell All


Karen Marcus was invited to the Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society to give a presentation titled Whispers in the Cemetery – The Stones Tell All. Gravestones carry messages portraying a person’s life or what they wanted others to remember. Epitaphs, symbols and art reflect religious affiliation, occupation, social status and other aspects of their life. A native of Swain County, NC, Marcus shares some of the history and symbols from cemeteries in Western North Carolina and tells how they can help solve genealogical mysteries.

Marcus said cemeteries are living history museums.The history of stone grave markers goes back thousands of years.