One of my favorite locations to visit in Philadelphia is the historical Laurel Hill Cemetery. The cemetery, land of a former estate, was formed in 1836 and currently encompasses approximately 76 acres of land overlooking the Schuylkill River. The cemetery is divided into three sections that were each founded at different times during the site’s development. It also one of the few cemeteries in the country to be recognized as a National Historic Landmark. There are numerous noteworthy people buried in the cemetery, including General Meade and other Civil War era generals as well as local names such as Strawbridge, Elkins, and Rittenhouse.

I have found myself spending the most time in East Laurel Hill, which is the oldest part of the cemetery. I find it to be the most picturesque and captivating. I really like the old worn text and quotations and the carved statues and designs on the headstones. The stone on many of the headstones is weathered from age, which really creates some interesting designs.

It’s been about a year since I had last visited the cemetery so I decided to make a stop there today and snap off some photos. Today’s photos were mostly macros of the interesting weathered cracks that seem to form lifelike designs in the stone. I spent about an hour there, but probably could have stayed longer, which is unusual. Most of the time, I eventually start to get creeped out and feel the urge to leave. Fortunately there were many visitors there today so I didn’t feel so alone. Anyway, today I realized that some of the weathered cracks have taken on a resemblance of trees. Interesting.