"Above Ground Burial" Tangier Island Local Custom Tip by grandmaR

Tangier Island Local Customs: 11 reviews and 28 photos

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  • Above Ground Burial - Tangier Island
  • Graves - Tangier Island
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  • Graves in the yard on the left - Tangier Island
      Graves in the yard on the left
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  • Graves along an alley - Tangier Island
      Graves along an alley
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  • Side yard across from the church - Tangier Island
      Side yard across from the church
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The water table is too high on most of the island to allow for burial. So some burials are done at the surface of the ground (as is also done in Key West and New Orleans among other places - but on Tangier the graves are much less elaborate). There are a lot of graves in people's yards - anywhere that the land isn't too marshy.

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  • Written Sep 11, 2004
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