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Lancaster Cemetery, 205 E. Lemon Street, Lancaster PA (near entrance)


Linda Stienstra, Len Eiserer


Not far from the obelisk that marks the resting place of Civil War General John Fulton Rey- nolds lie the graves of Jona- than Foltz (1778-1854) and his renown son, Jonathan Messer- smith Foltz (1810-1877).  The latter, among other achieve- ments, was Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy (3rd photo).  


The father's remarkable tomb- stone was crafted into the shape, texture and hue of a tree stump.

According to The New York Times (November 12, 1880), the tombstone "is of a par- ticular color of stone, repre- senting the trunk of an im- mense oak, and is so natural in color and design as to deceive persons at first glance into the belief that it is really the stump of a tree.  Here, father and son -- the one honored and loved in the narrow circle in which

he moved, the other distin- guished in his country's ser- vice -- lie side by side."

In the words of blogger Linda Stienstra, the headstone is "massive, beautiful, and has stood the test of time."  The stump measures 4 feet high with a circumference of 10.5 feet.  [First photo by Stienstra.]