Beauty in the Grove with Phil Nuxhall

Phil Nuxhall

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This winter has really tested my patience. It just seemed to drag on and on, and even made me wonder if many of us weren’t suffering from a touch of seasonal affective disorder.  Thank God for the daffodils and their lovely little faces popping up my backyard, and the chubby tips of tree branches promising  to burst forth with leaves any day now.

One of the best places to see the beauty of spring is at Cincinnati’s Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum. Historian Phil Nuxhall joined me on Amy’s Table to chat about his legendary Dad, Joe, and Phil’s  latest book, Stories in The Grove.

Phil has been having a love affair with Spring Grove since 2001 when he became its very first historian. After digging into historical records for several years, his knowledge of Spring Grove deepened and broadened. He began giving private tours, then educated docents to give public tours, then added a tram for long-winded tours (and short-winded tourists!).

Phil has authored two books on Spring Grove. His first was a successful photography book, Beauty in the Grove: Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum. His latest book, Stories in the Grove, comes out this week.  It tells the little known stories behind those who are buried there, and often…why. From famous to infamous; from rich to poor; from spouse to lover; you’ll never again think of Spring Grove as just a pretty place to walk, to jog, to bike or to bury. 

If you visit this lovely and fascinating Cincinnati gem on Sunday, May 25th (Memorial day weekend), you can meet Phil and get a signed copy of his book. He’s signing them from Noon to 3:00  in the Norman Chapel.

 

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