March 23

Metea Baptist Cemetery

Posted by lori . 19 Comments


Every Saturday, I share my weekly Artist Date.

Cemetery 1

Over the last four years, as I travel south to visit my daughter at Purdue University, I’ve noticed several small cemeteries along the route I drive. I’ve always wanted to stop and wander about, and my Artist Date gave me the perfect reason to slow down, pull off the highway and take a look.

Cemetery 2

Metea Baptist Cemetery, also known as Spring Creek Baptist Cemetery, lies behind the Metea Baptist Church in Lucerne, Indiana.

Cemetery 3

The cemetery is still in active use, but it has graves dating back to the 1840’s.

Cemetery 4

It is a country cemetery, with farmland on all sides.

Cemetery 5

As I walked among the graves, I felt a mix of feelings and emotions…reverence, curiosity, sadness, regret, peace and a little of the macabre.

Cemetery 6

I felt both welcome and an intruder.

Cemetery 7

All the lives and stories, now silent.

Cemetery 8

Some remembered, some forgotten.

Cemetery 9

It was interesting walking through a cemetery for an Artist Date. It actually spoke more to the writer in me than the painter. I was intrigued, and I will do it again.

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19 Responses to " Metea Baptist Cemetery"

  • houndstooth says:

    I love to take photographs in cemeteries, too! I’ve always been drawn to them. It’s so fascinating to see the history that’s remembered there. The old grave markers tell all kinds of stories, and I love how ornate some of them are.

    There’s an old “state hospital” near here where people who were mentally ill were kept, and last fall I had the opportunity to walk through some of the cemeteries there. Most of the grave markers were about the size of a shoe box and only had a number on them, but a few were more ornate and engraved with names. It made me wonder what sort of people those few graves must have belonged to and who they left behind.

  • FInn says:

    So interesting. In college, I took a class which required me to analyze a cemetery as an assignment. I felt as you described, both welcome and as an intruder. The pictures are beautiful. And sometimes it is nice to remember the souls long forgotten too.

  • Daisy says:

    SHE loves old cemeteries. So interesting.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

    SHE once took a year 5 class to the local cemetery for local history and it was one of the best excursions.

  • I love photographing cemeteries. They tell such a story.
    Nola’s Mom

  • Old cemeteries intrigue me, too. We have one just across the street that is about the same age as the one in your post. I like to walk there but always felt a little irreverent taking the dogs – until I found out that it was designed to be a park. The architect felt that it should welcome the living, who would, in turn, celebrate the lives of the departed. I hope to post photos of it one day on TBK blog –

  • Penelope says:

    What an interesting artist’s Date! Cemeteries are one of my favorite places. The solitude and peacefulness really speaks to me.

  • Sue says:

    I think you are right about mixed emotions when walking through a cemetry. I think how sad it is when you see a grave with flowers, as it means someone is missing the person. It’s also sad to see the graves with no flowers, as maybe no one is left to mourn that person. On the other hand, maybe that person with the neglected grave now has their loved ones with them.

    The church where my mum and dad got married, even has a grave of a soldier who was killed whilst trying to stop smugglers on the beach.

    There can be so much history in a cemetery, but like you say lots of life stories forgotten.

  • Kat says:

    Agree with all the comments above…the mixed feelings you described perfectly…maybe it’s the writer in me that’s always inspired by trips to cemeteries. There’s an old cemetery a block over from where I work. Sometimes I like to go in there with a book, my camera at lunch time..I can “disappear” in the midst of the live oaks and azaleas and fall into another time. There’s also a lovely cemetery we visit when we go to see friends up in Virginia. It looks similar in a lot of ways to this one you visited. It’s still in use, but has a lot of civil war monuments too.

  • As a lifetime member of the Maine Old Cemetery Association I say Hear Hear!

  • Fern Reed says:

    Interesting to walk through them isn’t it???
    Thanks for the idea about telling the kittens apart!! I’ll tell you now, I can’t see well enough most of the time and tell by feel!!!! But Max has a male head and Allie a female head.
    I’ll make that a post soon–thank you!!

  • Fern Reed says:

    Oh that was a sweet potato that Max had his head on!!! LOL With a butternut squash right next to that!

  • jan says:

    Oh yes cemeteries are great places to read and take photos and generally think about life and death and the universe and all of that. There is a very unusual one near me that I walked through for the first time since childhood last year. I keep meaning to go back and take some photos so as soon as my life is my own again I will do so. Thank you for sharing those views Lori interesting. Are you going to write something from your visit?

    • lori says:

      For the first time in years, this Artist Date made me think seriously about writing. It really spoke to me. Time will tell if I actually take the time to make writing part of my life.

  • Urban Hounds says:

    Cemeteries can be great places to walk, I love the look of old grave stones. The home I grew up in had a family cemetary on the property from a family that have lived on the land in the 1800s I still think its one of the nicest features of the house, though some of my friends think its too macabre

    urban hounds

  • Patty says:

    I think it is quite interesting visiting cemeteries. The church I grew up in was founded in 1839, so we have some very old graves. We attended school next to the church, so the cemetery was not something we feared. We actually had some classes featuring it. It sounds strange when I say it like that. LOL

  • There are some beautiful headstones in that cemetary. It is so interesting to walk around and read the inscriptions.
    Lynne x

  • I’m just amazed at how much space each headstone has! I’m more used to graves that are cheek to jowl.

  • allen k. says:

    i always felt sorry for the ones who had their graves forgotten. seemed to me like no one cared much about them.

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