The East Reserve Historical Atlas Inspires Local Exploration!

My last post was all about how Andrew and I finally explored Bush Farm Trail and saw its plaque denoting its historical significance.

You know… we knew about this plaque this whole time, because of the Historical Atlas of the East Reserve. I think we were kind of saving it… because it’s both really beautiful, and really close. We were using the Atlas to explore a little further out.

This is a great time for you to do the same thing, if you wanted. I mean, there are many things we can no longer do — but exploring abandoned cemeteries? There’s no ban on that, and I am so grateful.

Here are a few photos of me following the Historical Atlas of the East Reserve to locate various hidden or unknown cemeteries over the past year or two:

Approaching the cairn at Bergthal.
A rainy after-work visit to Blumengard.
Our first visit to Blumenhoff cemetery.
Visiting the recently-revived Burwalde cemetery.
I love this picture of Andrew and Glen on Thanksgiving Day 2018. You can see the wrought-iron sign for Eigenfeld on the ground in the grass, behind Andrew.
A sunny late afternoon in Felsenton.
Making a new friend in Greenland.
Inspecting the cairn at Hochstadt #1.
The shadows were getting long when we found the diminutive Kehler/Peters cemetery.
At Neuanlage, with the Koop cairn is in the background.
Inside the enchanting Rosenfeld Cemetery.
The cow and I carefully regard each other across the basement remains of one of the original 1870s residences, at Schoensee.

If you’re now inspired to get out there and explore, you can order the Historical Atlas of the East Reserve online from these sources, and have it shipped right to you!

Village Books & Gifts at the Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach

CommonWord Bookstore & Resource Centre at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg