What’s Cool About it: 20 years ago Historical Fair Hill Burial Ground was a dump. Everything from bags of trash to cars were dumped in this space. There was no fence, no purpose and it was a disgrace to the deceased Quakers who rested beneath the mounds. When two children were killed in heated crossfire, the community retraced the origins of the burial ground to the Quakers and asked for them to take responsibility for the land. The burial was far from a beautiful green space and was in fact a sore in the community.
The Quakers responded immediately putting up a fence that was stolen overnight. This space required commitment to restore it to its former glory and a newer stronger fence was put up. No lawn mower had been able to cut the grass in over 20 years and it took 3 long years of clearing out all the junk before a shiny Cub Cadet was able to taste its greenery.
When was the last time someone wanted to bring their children into a cemetery? Well at Historical Fair Hill Burial Ground that is exactly what people do. The founders intentions were to have a well groomed cemetery but also a playground and active garden too.
Who the hell does that? Death is often a dead end, however Fair Hill changes our perception of what a cemetery is. It changes our perception of where we can rejoice and be positive and experience healing. It makes sense to place a garden in a cemetery that makes you aware of the life cycle, because in a garden things live and die and there is growth. Why not acknowledge life and rejoice in life? Instead of avoiding death like the plague.
About the farmers:
Bri Barton, the farm manager is freakin’ amazing. Not only did she offer her home to us within the few seconds of meeting with us we were able to experience Fair Hill through her eyes. She’s a super friendly chick. She gives off a cool easy vibe of love and respect for her work and the community she is newly apart of. We really enjoyed learning to identify plants we’ve never seen before, like comfrey, hairy vetch and mugwart.
Check out the Historical Fair Hill Burial Ground at http://www.historicfairhill.org/