Some of the reasons given were:
- to protect the graves
- to provide shade for the grieving family
- to keep out robbers, wild animals and livestock
- it was a status symbol
- to comfort the dead's spirit
They are kind of interesting looking. We were geocaching and came across these Grave Houses that are located near a geocache. After finding the nearby cache, which was not in the cemetery by the way, we walked around and checked out some of the old grave markers.
This is something I've never seen before either. They were like cement jugs and they enclosed an urn. Has anyone else ever seen that? Several of them were broken, altho the urns were intact.
I liked this one because of the Confederate flag....
Geocaching sure does take us to see some interesting things!