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The Vergon Tree

This memorial stone marks the grave of Frederick Peter Vergon (1829-1919). Located in Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware, Ohio, it is ten feet tall and ten feet wide and is carved from Indiana limestone. Due to the intricacy and detail of the carving it is believed to have taken several years to create.

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Within the leaves of the majestic Chestnut tree are birds, a bird nest containing eggs, an owl, lizards, and a frog located in the roots. Unfortunately, vandals have damaged many of the small sculptures.find a grave65418587_1407765421

Vergon was born in France in 1829. His parents emigrated to the USA and settled in Delaware County, Ohio, where his father purchased farm land which became Greenwood Farm. From a ravine, Frederick made Greenwood Lake which he stocked with bass. He created an amusement park surrounded by imported deciduous and evergreen trees. His interest in horticulture expanded into a vineyard and a 50 acre apple orchard.

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Birds of a Feather

Birds are a common symbol on gravestones.

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The image of a hummingbird is often found on infants’ gravestones

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An owl represents solitude; a warning of impending death; watchfulness; or wisdom.

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A rooster often found on weather vanes indicates vigilance and was installed to guard against evil. On a gravestone, the rooster signifies the awakening and the resurrection.

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An eagle is a recognized symbol of a military career, and is symbolic of courage and valor.

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However, the most common bird images on gravestones is a dove, On Christian gravestones it represents the Holy Spirit. On Jewish gravestones the dove represents peace.

The white dove is symbolic of purity and spirituality.

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A dove holding an Olive Sprig represents hope or a promise and is universally recognized as a symbol of peace.

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Winged doves are recognized as a symbol of the soul of the deceased ascending to heaven, and therefore represents the resurrection and rebirth.

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