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Creepy, Creepier, Creepiest

July 27, 2011

I found all three of these at one cemetery. They’re old enough that I couldn’t read the inscriptions.

Skull and Crossbones
Aquia Episcopal Church in Aquia, VA

Creepy: Skull and Crossbones.

Skull and Crossbones
Aquia Episcopal Church in Aquia, VA

Creepier: the inset of the carving seems to be dyed red.

Aquia Episcopal Church in Aquia, VA

Creepiest: Wait… WHAT is this? Let’s get a closer look.

Angels 2
Aquia Episcopal Church in Aquia, VA

Oh. Okay then. Skull and crossbones, with… Angels? That’s a generous assumption… because it mostly looks like dead babies.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. indrifan permalink
    July 27, 2011 6:23 pm

    It represents the bible story 2 Kings 2:23-24
    And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.
    And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.

    Well, not really, but close. Just replace 42 children with 2 dead baby angels, and the she-bears with Jolly Roger.

  2. July 27, 2011 10:09 pm

    Are they dead babies or cherubs? Hard to tell from the angle of the photos whether those are wings coming out of their shoulders.

    I obviously need to make a road-trip to Aquia, that looks like a fantastic cemetery.

    • July 27, 2011 10:54 pm

      I’m pretty sure they’re cherubs, with one leg broken off each… But it was funnier to think of them as dead babies šŸ™‚

    • July 28, 2011 2:40 pm

      Also, you definitely should. It’s wonderful, with a mix of VERY old (saw one from 1710) to very new (that is, it’s still actively used for burials today). The church is registered as both a Virginia state and a national historic landmark.

      When you get off 95 make a left on Jeff Davis Hwy/rt 1 and then immediately on your right there’s a driveway up a hill to get to the church. I’d like to get back down that way soon and find some more cool cemeteries, but unfortunately on this day, I had obligations in the evening so I had to get back home.

      • July 28, 2011 2:48 pm

        I should keep track of the dates at the cemeteries I visit. I’ve seen some very old ones in Md and West Va, but not sure if I’ve seen anything as old as 1710. That’s really very cool, thanks very much for the directions.

        If you’re interested, here are photos of some of the places I’ve visited: Love your idea of blogging the places you’ve found.

      • July 28, 2011 2:51 pm

        Marvelous, thanks for the link! šŸ™‚

  3. Stephanie permalink
    August 24, 2011 5:14 pm

    I grew up going to church here from 1978-1989. I always loved the older graves toward the back. This church really does have some unique ones!

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