William C. Tompkins Monument
While still on Lake Avenue, stop for a moment to admire the monument of William C. Tompkins (also marked “West.”) This is a spectacular example of the stonecutter’s art. It seems that whoever chose this monument asked the stonecutter to include as many designs as possible, and the carver was happy to oblige! There is a tree trunk (“a life cut short”); a cross (indicating faith and piety); an anchor and rope (associated with the allegorical figure of Hope, but could also signify that Tompkins was a mariner or somehow involved in shipping); oak leaves (indicating strength and steadfastness); and a scroll (possibly referring to Biblical verse, but more probably included with the intention of adding more names some day).
The next stop is the Clapp monument.
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