Mount Olive Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in the Archdiocese, and one of the most isolated, forgotten and mysterious.
Located at the far end of Mount Olive Road before it turns right, the cemetery has an entrance identifying it as a Roman Catholic cemetery, but does not even give its name.
But what immediately fascinated us with this cemetery is the large number Spanish language burials.
I grew excited at first; was this the location of the burial of early Spanish colonial officials and their families?
Sadly no, the graves are far too new, dating to the Nineteenth Century, long after the end of Spanish colonial rule.
Why are there so many graves in Spanish in this cemetery? I cannot figure it out. Perhaps one of my readers knows the answer.
There are incredibly rare iron grave markers in this cemetery, which are also puzzling.
But there are many other burials in English, and this one mausoleum, on what was apparently originally a family plot.