|My daughter took some of the photos|
|Driving the trail.|
|The familiar blue oval trail sign marks the Route 1 crossing|
|Shoreline Diner, Route 1|
|The blue blazes are just on the other side of the wall.|
This would be very easy for a hiker to miss. Although the old tombstones are only a few feet from the trail, the wall blocks the view from the trail/road, so you need to go in the main cemetery entrance to see them.
|Would you want this picture on your tombstone?|
|"Here lyeth ye Body of Mary ye wife of John Goodrich, |
who dyed Decembr ye 25th: 1722 in ye 61st Year of her age.
|Some of the tombstones were cemented into the wall.|
We were left with the mystery of why these tombstones were laying here. And where are the bodies? I posed this question to our tour guide at the next stop, the Griswald House (more on that later), and she suggested these might be the tombstones that were removed from the Guilford Town Green back when the town decided to make the Green more attractive. She showed us some artwork showing the Green in the 1800's, and there was a little cemetery there with cattle grazing nearby. Later in the day, when we drove past the Green looking to buy something cold to drink, my daughter commented, "So those kids over there are playing over dead bodies?"
|Guilford Town Green c. 1820, with cemetery and cattle|
Shortly after the cemetery, the trail passes in front of the Thomas Griswald House, a typical saltbox house from the time of the American Revolution. I almost passed it up, because it doesn't look like much (and is often closed, so check the hours), but I was so glad we stopped. The house is almost entirely in it's original state, and we had a wonderful tour guide.
|Our delightful tour guide explaining how the kitchen fireplace was used for cooking.|
|A sink carved out of brownstone.|
|Spinning wheel for the spinster.|
And if you didn't get married, you might be expected to do a lot of the spinning, and they'd call you a spinster.