Dixon’s grave

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At the end of

Pynchon’s
ORG


Mason & Dixon
ORG

, the eponymous

Jeremiah Dixon
PERSON

dies (this shouldn’t be a spoiler) and is buried in

Staindrop
GPE

, in

County Durham
GPE

, near where he was raised. This is true to life:

Jeremiah Dixon
PERSON

really was buried in the garden of the Friends’ Meeting House in

Staindrop
GPE

, with a plain headstone.


Staindrop
PERSON

‘s just around the corner, and since we were headed up that way

this weekend
DATE

for a semi-annual

Mountain Bothies
LOC

meeting, we decided to drop by. The good news:

the Friends Meeting House
ORG

, and its garden, are still around! The bad news: the house and garden belong to a private individual, and a blue plaque on the wall outside is the only marker of

Dixon
PERSON

‘s presence in

Staindrop
ORG

that the rabble are allowed to ogle.

Anyway, ogle I did, for a brief spell, so close to the legend himself, and close by to where

Thomas Pynchon
PERSON

must have come as well, come to think of it. No way to know for sure but the encyclopaedic knowledge of central

Durham
PERSON

that

Pynchon
PERSON

demonstrates in the book gives me the impression that he spent a bitta time here.