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Sunday, October 04, 2009

The Wing Ring

Little did I know when I wrote this that someone had actually designed a cemetery with genealogy in mind. And it's in Wayne, Maine—less than ten miles from where I was sitting when I wrote it.

The concentric circle design of the cemetery was an engineering feat, Ault said. Those working on the cemetery, for example, had to temporarily move at least 39 graves while the redesign took place. Then they had to carry out a sophisticated plan for the property, cutting arcs from granite and shaping grave plots around them.

The concentric circles turned out to be a carefully conceived plan to reflect Wing family genealogy. The eight-sided obelisk at the center carries the names of all seven original Wing brothers. Descendants are buried in rows emanating out from the inscribed name of their Wing brother ancestor. [Link]

Apple

A genealogists dream! I tried to view the satellite image on google maps but it didn't zoom in enough. There is one very large plot in our local cemetery that is laid out in a circle. Not being familiar with the family I'll have to do a little digging to see what I can find out about it.

rocksea

thanks for this interesting piece of info :)

roymond

Very interesting!

It's easy to see in Google Maps:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=WAYNE,+ME&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=34.724817,78.310547&safe=on&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Wayne,+Kennebec,+Maine&ll=44.370485,-70.066209&spn=0.001913,0.00478&t=h&z=18

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