Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: 'Saved by the bell': Gresham Family Vault

The now broken pedestal which sits atop the Gresham Family Vault once supported a bell with a chain running from the bell into the vault. The Gresham lady for whom the tomb was erected had a morbid fear of being buried alive, and so to accommodate her wishes the bell pedestal was erected with the purpose of allowing her to ring the bell and be rescued should she awaken from the sleep of death. It is further alleged that she was buried in a casket with an easy to open spring lock, and that the tomb was built in this design so that it would be tall enough for her to stand upright while awaiting her rescuers.

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