A few blocks from downtown Rochester is the historic Mount Avon Cemetery. A historical marker gives a little info and reads:
In 1826, Mount Avon became the first officially platted cemetery in Oakland County. The “Old Ground” or “Historic Acre” contains head-stones dating from 1817, the year the earliest settlers arrived in the area. Members of the Graham family, Rochester’s founders, are buried in Mount Avon, including James Graham (1818-1839), thought to be the first white child born in the county. In 1911 a statue of “Billy Yank” was erected in memory of Oakland County’s Civil War veterans.
While I was there taking photos I realized I was not alone.
A mother dear and her offspring were quietly eating among the headstones. Some of the old cemeteries were meant to be a parklike setting and it seems as if the deer find enjoyment in this historic graveyard.
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