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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

From My Email Box - "Grave Houses?"

Grave Houses, Dowsing Rods!

Have you ever heard of a "grave house?" Apparently, this was something that some folks did to protect the graves of loved ones. These were like sheds that were built around the grave site(s). It was a custom of southern states from around the Civil War to the early 1900's. Peggy Gilkey sent me this link for a very interesting story about John Waggoner, Jr. who is recording the location of these grave houses and he uses dowsing rods to find where graves are located within a cemetery. Below is a look inside a grave house all decorated with flowers.

Read this story at http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/mar/30/man-locates-obscure-burial-grounds/ There is a video and a photo gallery. - JGWest

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