Adjacent to the Green Hill Historic African American Cemetery is the Green Hill Cemetery, laid out across 15 acres in concentric circles on a cone-shaped hill overlooking the town of Martinsburg and looking across to North Mountain.
Strother and his father owned the famed Berkeley Springs Hotel, and that’s where Strother spent his summers. He served as an adjutant general during the Civil War and was later appointed as Consul to Mexico. He is among the several notable persons buried in the cemetery.
At the crest of the hill stands a neo-Classical Revival stone mausoleum, built in 1918 with stained glass windows and a bronze entrance door. Sadly, it seems neglected, like the rest of the cemetery, as the planters stationed on either side of the entrance walk are mismatched and devoid of living flowers (one of the planters still holds last year’s dead plantings).
As with many similar cemeteries designed in the “rural garden” style that was coming into style at the time, this cemetery offers some interesting sculpture that in particular reflects the Victorian era: draped urns, wreathes and garlands, doves, lambs and such.
|Morning glories symbolize the Resurrection since the flower blooms in the morning and is closed by afternoon.|
|Doves symbolizes peace and purity.|
|Weeping willow trees symbolize life after death and the resurrection of the soul
because cuttings from willow trees can grow into new trees even after laying on the ground
for months unattended or even when planted upside down in the soil.
|Note the lamb and dove on these babies’ tombstones.|
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