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I am amazed at the number of people who know where the wooden figure in last week's column is, because it is not something you will see just driving or walking around the neighborhood.
It is one of two beautifully carved statues in O'Brien Cemetery, which is at the end of a long lane off Hudson Drive. Traveling southwest on Hudson Drive, go a half-mile past Terex Road and you will see a small sign on the right.
According to Frank Comeriato of Hudson's Public Works Department and the Cemetery Board, the statuary simply appeared one day some years ago. The Cemetery Board and staff did not see them as inappropriate, allowed them to remain, and have since received many positive comments about them. The wooden monk-like figure is a fitting guardian at the entrance to the cemetery and receives many gifts from visitors. When I was there recently, his tray held some beads, a small rock and some candy, among other small treasures (If any readers have more information about these figures that I could share, I would love to know).
O'Brien is one of five cemeteries in Hudson - a calm and beautiful place for contemplation. It was a family cemetery until all Hudson cemeteries were combined under one Cemetery Board in the mid-1940s. In 1806 Mary Deacon was the first person buried there; Minnie Sadler was the last in 1960, one of 31 Sadlers to be buried in O'Brien.
Other Hudson cemeteries are Draper, Markillie, the Olde Township Burying Ground and St. Mary's. Not to give anything away, but if you were to explore these places, you might recognize some pictures in future columns.
I always visit cemeteries with a sense of reverence -- the lives of the men and women who have lived in Hudson are woven inextricably into the fabric of Hudson's 20-decade history. Most can be considered ordinary people for their times, but all contributed to the establishment and maintenance of our uncommonly attractive community. Some were extraordinary, if only for their progeny. Owen and Mary Brown, mother and father of Abolitionist John Brown are buried together in the Olde Township Burying Ground located on the south side of Chapel Street.