Indian Springs Cemetery, in Punta Gorda, Charlotte County, Florida, was originally named Pineapple River Cemetery. It is an unassuming, flat, open space with few upright headstones considering the size of the cemetery.
Trees in the space are inhabited with sphagnum moss. It reduces the tree’s growth by preventing light from reaching the leaves and slowly sucks the life out of the tree – very sinister and pertinent for a cemetery.
Infant Daughter Lanier born 14 June 1903 died 15 June 1903
Budded on earth to blossom in Heaven
A lamb engraved on the tombstone is a common symbol found on the graves of children.
Note the tiny doll with disconnected limbs – rather creepy!
The image of a man/monk/Saint holding a bible and a cross. A cherub figurine and an upturned shell have been placed at his feet. The shell is not surprising considering that the cemetery is in Florida. Symbolically it represents a journey or pilgrimage.
The tree stump monument with severed limbs represents a life cut short, and is also indicative of the resting place of a member of the Woodsmen of the World Fraternity.
This elaborate metal cross is one of the oldest symbols of Christianity symbolizing Christ’s sacrifice. It is an emblem of faith; salvation; and a symbol of rebirth.