Monday, September 3, 2018

A GRAVE SITUATION INDEED


Before leaving Buffalo, NY, we visited the famous resting place of many of the pioneers of the Buffalo community dating back to 1849.  The beautiful setting has unmatched natural hills, valleys, lakes, streams and cultural masterpieces.

Forest Lawn Cemetery - Buffalo, NY

Forest Lawn Cemetery - Buffalo, NY

The picturesque Forest Lawn Cemetery covers 269 acres and over 161,000 are buried there including United States President Millard Fillmore, Grammy Award singer and songwriter Rick James, and inventor Lawrence Dale Bell, founder of Bell Aircraft.  In its almost 170 years this cemetery has become a chronicle of local history and deserves its designation in the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Forest Lawn Cemetery - Buffalo, NY

Forest Lawn Cemetery - Buffalo, NY

There are over 3,500 trees in Forest Lawn, representing 100 different species and varieties making the cemetery an important arboretum.  Over 240 kinds of birds have been spotted.

Forest Lawn Cemetery - Buffalo, NY

From the beginning there has been a policy of providing interesting and appropriate sculpture to the natural setting of Forest Lawn - making the cemetery an outdoor sculpture museum today.

RED JACKET - Seneca Indian Chief
Forest Lawn Cemetery - Buffalo, NY

As you enter Forest Lawn Cemetery a larger-than-life statue of the great Seneca Indian Chief, Red Jacket (c.1750-1830), who managed neutrality on the part of his powerful Seneca nation in the War of 1812.  The Senecas gave him the name, Sa-Go-Ye-Wat-Ha (He Who Keeps Them Awake).  In this sculpture he is wearing a red jacket presented to him by a British officer, and on his breast is displayed a large medal awarded to him by President George Washington.

Gravesite - Millard Fillmore
13th President of the United States of America



In 1874, the 13th president of the United States, Millard Fillmore (1800-1874) is buried.  Fillmore was probably Buffalo's most notable leader, a lawyer, Congressman, and vice-president of the United States.
Gravesite Memorial of Nelson Blocher
Forest Lawn Cemetery - Buffalo, NY


Gravesite Memorial of Nelson Blocher
Forest Lawn Cemetery - Buffalo, NY
Gravesite Memorial of Nelson Blocher
Forest Lawn Cemetery - Buffalo, NY

The most lavish tribute to Victorian taste was unveiled in 1888.  The unusual Blocher memorial actually is a floor-to-ceiling glass window and marble sculpture.  The figures represent the father and mother standing and grieving over their dead son, Nelson, who died while grieving over a lover.  A female angel (represents the lover) gazes down from overhead.

Private Mausoleum and Seating area - Chester and Gloria Stachura
Forest Lawn Cemetery - Buffalo, NY

The private art deco mausoleum of Chester and Gloria Stachura was built to also include a polished black granite sofa or an S-shaped tete-a-tete sofa for passersby to rest.

Forest Lawn Cemetery - Buffalo, NY

Forest Lawn Cemetery - Buffalo, NY

Gravesite - Founder of Bell Helicopters
Lawrence Dale Bell - 1894 - 1956

The founder of Bell Helicopters
Lawrence Dale Bell

A memorial to Darwin D. Martin, friend of Frank Lloyd Wright
who designed the famous Martin Home

Frank Lloyd Wright designed a Blue Sky Mausoleum
containing 24 crypts--Broad stairs and soaring monolith
rise toward the heavens.
Memorial dedicated to those that perished aboard
Continental Connection Flight 3407 on February 12, 2009

Forest Lawn is one of Buffalo's most beautiful places and remains meticulously maintained for all to visit.    Every conflict since the Revolutionary War is represented.



As writer Mary Lou Brannon said, "A cemetery exists because every life is worth living and remembering - always."

Monday, August 27, 2018

THE LOVELIEST TOWN IN ONTARIO


Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario
CANADA

Several friends suggested we plan a trip to Niagara-On-The-Lake in Ontario if we were anywhere near Niagara Falls.  Honestly, it's an extremely scenic trip and we are glad we took the time to visit what has been called "the loveliest town in Ontario".

Lake Ontario from Niagara-On-The-Lake

Niagara-On-The-Lake is situated on the south shore of Lake Ontario at the mouth of the Niagara River, and it's definitely an easy and beautiful drive to and from Ontario.  Historically, this was the first temporary capital of the province and parliament was held here until 1796, when the capital was moved to Toronto (York).  Niagara-On-The-Lake is the only town in Canada that has a Lord Mayor.

Inniskillin - one of many vineyards in the area of
Niagara-On-The-Lake

Side of the Road Country Markets area everywhere


Large Farms, Small Farms are prevalent everywhere

One of the Vineyards near Niagara-On-The-Lake

There's no mistake the land is rich and fertile with all the local wineries, pop-up side of the road fruit markets, and a wine country cooking school.  Tourists are drawn to the quaint colonial style buildings, British Fort George, and other 1812 landmarks.

Fort George - an 1812 Landmark

Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario

Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario

Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario

Niagara-On-The-Lake - Lake Ontario, Canada

The Heritage District showcases the town's history and the buildings tell the story of the architecture of year's past.  
Shops in Heritage District - Niagara-On-The-Lake

Heritage District - Niagara-On-The-Lake

Heritage District and Clock Tower - Niagara-On-The-Lake

If you have time to stroll through town you definitely feel the old world charm.   The beautiful Prince Of Wales Hotel, a feature since 1854, is one of the first landmarks you see when you enter town.

The Prince Of Wales Hotel
Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario

Flowers are everywhere!

Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario

Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario

Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario

You can't get lost if you walk through the beautiful neighborhoods which range from colonial to modern homes that line the neat side streets.
Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario
Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario

The Niagara Golf Club, a golf club since 1875, is the home of the oldest surviving golf course in North America.

Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario

While we enjoyed our visit to Niagara-On-The-Lake we also enjoyed seeing all the beautiful landscaped farms and yards throughout this part of Canada.  This was definitely a part of history we had not read much about and we felt fortunate to visit such a beautiful part of North America.