Found in New Jersey: Fairmount Cemetery

Originally published on my blog, where I will be spotlighting other places of interest in the Garden State:

The gates of Fairmount

On a gentle bluff overlooking sometimes un-trafficked Route 517 in Tewskbury, this cemetery is thrice removed from any easy Internet search. For one thing, there’s a much larger Fairmount Cemetery in Newark. For another, even this site is different than the Fairmount Presbyterian Church graveyard, just across the street. And finally, even the church across the street is often confused with another church — currently up for sale — just up the road at an intersection with a traffic light.

When I visited yesterday, I said a prayer at a gravestone etched with the image of a soldier, Brian Varsalone, who died before his 26th birthday in 1992. An hour later, Google hauntingly sent me a message that it had auto-edited the photo I took there.

The gravestone read, “I am home in heaven, oh so happy and so bright. There is perfect joy and beauty in this everlasting light…”

Google’s auto-edit
Off a sometimes lonesome road

View other photos I took at Fairmount Cemetery here.