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The Roofed Graves of Delmarva


NOW AVAILABLE: The Roofed Graves of Delmarva by Chris Slavens

Between the 1930s and 1970s, a handful of writers mentioned old, mysterious, roof-like grave covers in cemeteries in Sussex and Wicomico counties on the Delmarva Peninsula. Their origins were unknown, but they were believed to be one to two hundred years old. Most marked graves without headstones. Since then, the roofed graves of Delmarva have been all but forgotten.

Chris Slavens presents all of the available information about roofed graves, including newspaper articles, book excerpts, and photographs, and investigates connections to Southern grave shelters and American Indian burial customs.

The Laurel Historical Society will host a book launch and signing event on March 28th, at 2:00 p.m., at Abbott's on Broad Creek in Laurel, Delaware.