Monday, August 30, 2010

A Bit of Local History

Over this past weekend, Gary and I walked through a local cemetery and came upon one of the most beautiful stones we've ever encountered.   The gravesite is for a gentlemen named Elihu Emory Jackson, who was born right here in Delmar in 1837.  He left his father's farm and opened a lumber mill which became very successful ... and then he entered politics and became the Governor of the State of Maryland from the years 1888 to 1892.

As we were looking at the stone, an older gentlemen who was also walking through the cemetery, came over and told us that Mr. Jackson's gravestone had been designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany.   I have been trying to verify that information but haven't been able to do so yet.  However, I HAVE found that Elihu Jackson was one of the founders of Trinity UMC ... and that the stained glass windows in that building were Tiffany windows.   So there is a connection ...

Here are a few pictures of the gravesite .... you will need to click on the pictures to enlarge them in order to enjoy the wonderful details.

The gravestones of many members of this family are buried here, side by side.   There are more wonderful details on some of the other stones, and I'll be showing those to you soon.   Truly, the beauty of this family plot was enough to make me want to stand there for hours and marvel.

When I found out that the windows in Trinity Church were made by Tiffany, I went there with my camera.  I want to go back some day when I'm able to get inside the building.   The windows must be stunning from the inside.   Here are a couple of outside views of the church ....

These are just a few of the windows ... there are more on the other side of the building.   There was a fire in the early 1900's that did extensive damage to the building, but the windows were able to be saved. 

The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
(Proverbs 18:10)

It's been fascinating to discover some of this local history.   Makes me long to find out more ....


myletterstoemily August 30, 2010 at 6:13 PM  

dear frances,

what beautiful tribute to a remarkable
man. to think that tiffany designed the
stained glass and maybe the pedestal.

my husband's great grandfather was a
stained glass craftsman.


Bren August 30, 2010 at 6:18 PM  

What an amazing story, I hope you find out if indeed that beautiful headstone was made by Tiffany. Love the old church with it's incredible windows. something so alluring about them.
Glad to have you up and about and behind your camera again my friend :-)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti August 31, 2010 at 8:33 PM  

This is a beautiful headstone and in such good condition, Frances! There are many Tiffany stained glass windows in mausoleums in Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery - I blogged about a mausoleum once that had a beautiful window that looks very much like one of the church windows you show.
I believe many of the wealthy wanted the best and recognized the value of Tiffany glass. I'd love to see the inside of that church one day!

Thank you for the welcome home! We had a wonderful time in California.

Anonymous,  September 1, 2010 at 9:25 PM  

WOW Frances,
Simply magnificant photos!!
Such a grand stone ... and you've
captured it beautifully! There is
something so pure about white!!
Great church with those
amazing windows and stonework!! And it all has such a warm feeling ... for a cemetary!!

Love how you've incorporated a bit of history ...

Hugs ... Linda :D

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