| The memory of a visit to Greenwood Cemetery, New York
This is part of a letter written in 1857 about a visit to Greenwood Cemetery written by the 2nd great grandmother of Barbara Webster. While Barbara does not have a Dodge connection, she thought we would be interested in having this bit from the past since there are so many Dodges buried in this cemetery.
... Then we all four rode in the cars out to Greenwod cemetery. There we took an open carriage and had a delightful drive over the grounds. It is a delightful spot and really looks too cheerful for the abode of the dead. The roads wind over and around the hills giving you fine views of the surrounding country. There are two or three lakes within the enclosure. One called Sylvan Lake is beautiful like Fairy land. There are fountains and beautiful trees and flowers. Some of the tombs, vaults and monuments are magnificent. Some of the tombs cost as high at $20,000. We could not go over it all but we saw a great deal,,much more then I am able to tell you about. We returned about tea time and I remained all night...
Barbara writes: "Apparently they all enjoyed their day in the cemetery. They also went to the Crystal Palace which was left over from the World's Fair of 1853. Libby was visiting from California where she had come to join her husband in 1851. He had arrived in San Francisco in 1849 for the gold rush but stayed in the city to haul freight which made him more money than he might have made in the mines. Our family has treasured the letters and love to share."