Family Fences

July 05, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

There are 26 historic cemeteries on 19 wooded hillside acres just west of downtown Roslyn, Washington. The fences of all types separate portions of the acreage: ornamental iron, chain-link, and wooden picket fences of every pattern and size. They delineate sections of graves that are tended by various ethnic lodges or families. Care for these plots by the various groups appears to be a sacred responsibility. The brochure that describes the cemeteries notes that the fences keep out grazing animals. Some of them did not look substantial enough to carry out that intention. So, there are fences and fences and fences guarding the resting places of loved ones and lodge members. I found the intersection of these fences created interesting patterns, that represent a kind of security amidst old pickets, a sign of family care that has not stopped.


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