Cemeteries have a way of provoking diverse reactions. Because of the nature of their association with death, it is natural that some people would feel intimidated or uneasy about the whole notion of “graveyards.” Others see them as historical repositories that offer a glimpse into the lives and aspirations of those who have gone before us.
I have never been uneasy about cemeteries, perhaps it is because of my exposure to them at an early age. Growing up approximately half a mile from a beautiful Veteran Administration Cemetery, early on I became accustomed to the business that was conducted there. I attended several relatives’ services at that cemetery and was impressed with the well-kept grounds, the orderly placement of headstones, and the military ceremonies during interment.
One summer, when I was in high school, I worked at the local cemetery cutting grass. Again, there was no mysterious or threatening atmosphere that presented itself to me – the almost obsessive care of the grounds, the stateliness of the graveside services and the peaceful ambiance were the features that most impressed me.
A few years later, when I was in graduate school, I lived across the street from a cemetery for two years. Quietest neighbors I’ve ever had!
Today’s cemeteries reflect the changing nature of our society. For example, The Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Santa Monica, California has an extremely popular film feature. An organization regularly shows movies in the cemetery. At $16 a ticket, bring your own blanket, you can sit under the stars — right next to the stars interred there – and enjoy a classic film. Projected onto the white Cathedral Mausoleum walls, the screenings have a first run, ornate movie theater feel to them. Concerts are also staged at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Martin Oaks Cemetery does not screen movies. However, when our family first purchased the property, a Hollywood producer wanted to shoot some scenes for a movie on the grounds. Our feeling was discretion should prevail, so no filming was allowed.
Dating back to pre-Civil War days, Martin Oaks features a number of very old headstones. The photo at the top of this page is the oldest marker we have located: Feb 9, 1875. Others carry inscriptions which also go back to the early 19th century.
Originally, Martin Oaks was part of the old Martin family cattle ranch located here in Lewisville, Texas. It was intended to be a family only cemetery, but over time that changed. Martin Oaks still has a number of plots available at very reasonable prices.
Please feel free to come by to visit: Martin Oaks is a quaint, serene spot filled with rich Texas history. If you have any cemetery memories that you care to share please post them! Should you need any of our services, please give us a call at (469) 605-7215, 24/7.