You can really "meet" a lot of interesting folks by wandering around a cemetery. There are veterans, local figures, colorful characters and more. In a neighboring town they always do a cemetery walk to introduce people to some of the more colorful characters interned there. The get actors to dress the parts of the deceased and share their stories. I think this is such a great way to keep knowledge alive, connect people with the past, and dispel some of the taboo of going to a cemetery.
If you take the time to wander around a cemetery, you will also notice art, like in these sculptures. I must admit, the dog statue made me wonder. There is also art in the symbols on the headstones. It can be very interesting to learn some of the meaning behind the symbols. Many older headstone also have poems upon them, from the sweetly sad to the odd and humorous.
Face it, cemeteries are not for Halloween..... they are for keeping the past alive....
Introducing children to cemeteries.....
2.) Look for local historical figures (aka civil war, founding father, artist/actors, etc.)
3.) Read some of the poems on older headstones. They used to write a lot more then name, born/died! If you are having a hard time reading a headstone you can always do number 4.
4.) Make a rubbing! All you need is paper and a crayon. It is just like doing a leaf rubbing when you where little. Just make sure to be careful not to get crayon on the headstone. Darker colored crayons work best.