COMMENTS ON ROSE HILL
By
Marshall Daugherty

Rose Hill Cemetery holds many memories for Maconites, For some, it is the resting place of
ancestors and beloved relatives. To young people or many generations, it has been a special area
to visit in all seasons to enjoy the natural beauties, the legends and the terraced plots while
brooding upon the evanescence of life and the serenity of death- It has been a place for lovers
seeking new life among the ghostly monuments; for poets St'ekiny lo i.apturf l.hf essfiice of a
Spring day; for artists, entranced with the multi-leveled splendor which challenged their paints;
for vandals seeking the destruction of treasured sculpture.

The "architecture" of the varied 19th Century monuments recalls a day when ostentation.
ornamention and elaboration was the rule. Many are characterized by delicate and finely carved
detail; others are surprisingly simple in form. All are provided enough "breathing space" to allow
dignity, variety and naturalism in the overall effect.

The figure carvings in "finest Carrara" are quaint and mannered, typical Italian angels and
allegorical pieces, bespeaking the sentimentality of an earlier age; all sadly showing the
inappropriateness of a soft white marble in work "for the ages." The weather has taken its toll in
the eroded and blackened surfaces, while outstretched fingers and hands have invited breakage
by thoughtless youths- Many were toppled and hopelessly damaged by a hurricane in the 1950's.
Regardless of artistic flaws evident to modern eyes, these carvings speak of a time when the pace
was slower, individuality more valued, and the hope of immortality surer.



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