Thursday, October 24, 2013

Spring Grove Cemetery

We went with some homeschool buddies to check out the Johnny Appleseed memorial at the Cincinnati Spring Grove Cemetery. The weather was a bit on the chilly side. We also found this unique rock that was across the way from the memorial of John Chapman. We also learned that Spring Grove is the 2nd largest cemetery in the United States and is on the National Historic Registry for landmarks.

 This reads:
Johnny Appleseed figure of legend was a Swedenborgian missionary to the ohio and Indiana Frontier. Saintly in his daily life he loved life in all its forms and had a joyous will to help the earth yield its fruits. Bible in Hand and sack of seeds swinging from his shoulder. He planted many apple orchards that live today in this region. May he be remembered in fact as well as in legend for his godliness and goodness.

 This reads
This megalith is constructed from Ohio limestone of the early Paleozoic era, 400 million years ago much of its beauty lies in the number of fossil remains that it contains.
The use of the 'standing stone' is deep in the Judaeo-Christian tradition. Samuel raised such a stone as a thank offering to the Lord for victory over the Philistines he called it Ebenezer. "Stone of Help" Jacob having talked with God in a dream, took the stone he had used for a pillow and set it up as a pillar. Joshua upended a great stone to serve as a witness unto the children of Israel, lest ye Deny God."
Since man first sensed Divinity, he has raised large stones on end as testimonials of his faith and memorials to this departed Jacob spoke for many when he said "This stone.. shall be God's House."

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