Monday, May 08, 2006

Double Whammy: of Developers, Graves and Shaving Cream

This article hits two of my pet peeves -- developers destroying cemeteries and folks still using shaving cream on tombstones. Overall, though, my sympathies are definitely with the family . . .

Do developers trump descendants on grave sites?


By CATHERINE KOZAK, The Virginian-Pilot
© May 8, 2006

Among the large homes and well-groomed yards in the upscale community of Martin's Point, there's one tree-shaded corner where a neat white picket fence frames two graves and a monument.

In recent weeks, orange survey sticks have appeared, surrounding the fence and disappearing into the twisted underbrush behind it.

Willis Gallop and his wife, Mary, have been buried there, the only private cemetery in the community, since 1848. Rightfully so, since it's near where the reputed pirate built his plantation house and tied his schooner.

Six generations later, Gallop family members are fighting to keep a developer from relocating the resting place of their ancestors and one of the Outer Banks' more colorful citizens.


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