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Frederick Douglass’ plot, Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, NY

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Any trip to Rochester would be incomplete without visiting Mount Hope Cemetery,  site of Frederick Douglass’ family plot.  And again, thanks to Dr Tim Madigan, my intrepid guide.

 

Ann, being shown the way to the Douglass plot

I visited before I read any descriptive brochures and was immediately impressed with the setting. It is beautiful. Carpeted with a perfect covering of snow, the undulating ground, trees and winding roads suggested peace, mystery and beauty. I could easily agree with the brochure’s assessment of this American Victorian Cemetery: “one of the most beautiful and enchanting cemeteries in America.”

The city of Rochester purchased an initial 54 acres in 1836, and it now stands at 196 acres with more that 370,000 people buried here.

 

Amongst these many people with their many stories are two of significance to my work: Frederick Douglass and his friend and associate, Susan B. Anthony.

 

And  abutting the roadway, is the Douglass plot.

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When I first read Thoreau’s Walden Pond, I was fascinated by the railway track. I spent those classes wondering about it.

And when I took the opportunity to visit Walden, I checked this out. The railway runs beside the lake and Thoreau sited his cabin very close to both the lake and the railway track. It had always struck me as odd that on such a mission as this, Thoreau deliberately built his cabin near the track. Then he took the trouble to mention it in his account.

Any thoughts?

Walden Pond: where is that railway track?