This is the Oldest Graveyard in Brick, NJ, Check it Out
No disrespect for the ones resting at peace, but graveyards creep me out a little bit, just a little bit.
I might think of it as creepy, but for the people that lost their lives, I apologize.
When I saw this, I had to share. From the sign outside of the graveyard, it's called Gravelly Graveyard, "the oldest burial ground within the present boundaries of Brick Township."
Another name for Gravelly Graveyard is the Old Wooley Cemetery a 100 X 100-foot plot of land used for burials from the late 1700s to 1901.
I've never heard of the coins in the cemetery before. According to joincake.com, tradition is that there is a meaning of different coins on the grave of a serviceman or woman. A penny: You honor their service to our country and their family. A nickel: If you trained at boot camp with the deceased person. A dime: You served with the deceased serviceman or servicewoman. A quarter: You were with the deceased when he or she died.
One of my co-workers, Linda came up to the WOBM studio. She's on the second floor of the building and our studios are on the fourth floor. She was so excited to tell me her story about The Gravelly Graveyard. She was telling me about this awesome teacher that would take his students in sixth grade to the graveyard to clean up. Linda was one of his students.
The teacher, Sal Marino, who I hear was just an incredible teacher took his class to Gravelly from 1976 to 1994. He wrote a book about it, too.
Check it out: