I love finding interesting gravestones as I research the family tree. It’s fun to see the evolution of gravestones throughout the eras as certain materials were used at different times in history. What I love about these gravestones is they are so informative, (dramatic at times) and intricate in their carvings.
The Farber Gravestone Collection is one of my favorites. These gravestones were carved primarily by Daniel Farber in Massachusetts and Connecticut prior to 1800. It is estimated that there are approximately 9,000 Farber Gravestones carved by Daniel Farber, his wife and a few others that carried on the tradition.
The project is supported by the American Antiquarian Society. If you have early ancestors in Massachusetts or Connecticut that died prior to 1800 there is chance you might find one of the Farber Gravestones!
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