Cemeteries aren’t just for the friends and family of the departed. In fact, in the 1800s, they were much like public parks, and places for picnics, strolls and even carriage racing. The elaborate memorials and tombstones were pieces of art carved by sculptors, meant to be admired for centuries longer than the lives they represented.

It might seem unusual to spend your leisure time walking among the dead, but it’s actually a place to think about life — to consider what we leave behind, and what our loved ones will do to memorialize us.

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