Catching Up

July 31, 2010

It seems I never posted from last week’s trip.  Granted, it was just a handful of cemeteries but interesting all the same.  One of the cemeteries visited was the Shelburne Road Cemetery in South Burlington.  I’m not sure how many people have ever noticed this cemetery but it’s next to Freedom Nissan (the new location), tucked back in the trees.  Amazingly, this  is still an active cemetery although it also holds some much older stones as well.

The two names for the weekend were Tirzah and Lodoiska.

Mount Calvary Cemetery, Burlington

Munson Cemetery, Colchester

Shelburne Road Cemetery, South Burlington

Union Cemetery, Ferrisburgh


Lazy Weekend

July 18, 2010

St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Winooski

So only a handful of cemeteries this weekend but lots of pictures.  My favorite of the weekend was St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Winooski.  Many of the stones there are in French.  The other interesting side trip was to two Jewish cemeteries in South Burlington.  I love the tradition of leaving stones to mark the visiting living remembering those gone.

Ahavath Gerim Cemetery, South Burlington

Burlington Hebrew Holy Society Cemetery, South Burlington

Fanny Allen Cemetery, Colchester

Fanny Allen Cemetery, Colchester

Fort Ethan Allen Cemetery, Colchester

Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington. All of the small stones in this section are numbered, most with just a number and no name. From what I can tell they are all children. Where I was standing was #245.

Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington. Another section of children, this one dedicated to children who died in "The House for Destitute Children".

Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington. Yet another small section of children, this one marked with a small set of empty shoes.

Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington. The more traditional lambs making the graves of these children readily noticable.

Merrill Cemetery, Colchester

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, Colchester

St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Winooski

St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Winooski

St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Winooski

St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Winooski

St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Winooski. Unfortunately children seemed the theme this weekend. This small grouping in the middle of a row of stones were all children.

St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Winooski

St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Winooski

St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Winooski

St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Winooski

St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Winooski

St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Winooski

Impromptu Search

July 11, 2010

Evergreen Cemetery, Pittsford. Main gate, "Given by the Young Ladies Society".

Today’s name is dedicated to my Great-Uncle Jack, and the name is….Miehetabel.  That was the name he called anyone whose name he couldn’t remember, and I found it today at the Wetmore Cemetery in Chittenden.

Todays impromptu and un-researched trip brought us through Orwell, part of Pittsford and Chittenden. 

I’m surprised by the fact that so few cemeteries are marked with signs.  With the exception of the Islands, which were incredibly well-marked, rarely on the smaller old cemeteries am I finding others marked.

Evergreen Cemetery, Pittsford. Definitely one of the creepiest stones I've come across.

Baird Cemetery, Chittenden

Bump Cemetery, Chittenden

Horton Cemetery, Chittenden

Lakeview Cemetery, Orwell. Some cemeteries have the best views!

Lakeview Cemetery, Orwell

Mountain View Cemetery, Orwell. The tree stump indicates a child, this was a 10 year old girl. What is unusual about this is the bird. Lambs are a popular animal for children, birds are not often seen.

North Cemetery, Orwell

St. Alphonsus Cemetery, Pittsford

St. Paul's Cemetery, Orwell

Wetmore Cemetery, Chittenden

The original plan was to stop at several cemeteries on the way up and back from our 4th of July celebration in Underhill. 

Given the heat and the fact that my allergies are acting up I decided to forgo today’s expedition so I’m posting a few of my favorites from Cote-de-Neiges in Montreal, hope you enjoy.

Today brought me up and over the mountain (Breadloaf Mountain that is) and then back.  22 cemeteries before the day was too long, ranging from fairly new, still active, to hardly readable, to old as the Revolutionary War.

Today also won the prize for creepiest cemetery thus far.  This goes to St Therese Cemetery in Ripton.  while at first it just looks a little eccentric upon further evaluation it definitely hits the creep factor.  There is one “normal” stone at the back, a couple, one it appears not dead yet?  The rest, 5 in all, are all babies.  All of them.  Each, except one, is a flat stone on the ground with a mini shrine at the head, missing whatever statuette may have originally been held in it’s shelter.  All of the babies a month old or less….

Regarding names, I couldn’t pick just one so instead have 3 favorites of the day:  Zilpha, Zadook and Tryphena.

Eight cemeteries were missing in action today.  If anyone has any idea how/where to find them please let me know.

East Middlebury:  Rice Cemetery

Salisbury:  Village Cemetery, Nabby Cooper Cemetery

Ripton:  North Goshen Cemetery, Cushman Cemetery

Hancock:  Kirby Cemetery, Lewis Cemetery

Granville:  Hubbard Cemetery

Branch Cemetery, Ripton

Cooks Cemetery, Ripton

East Warren Cemetery, Warren

Elmwood Cemetery, Granville

Foote Street Cemetery, Middlebury

Galvin Cemetery, Ripton

Galvin Cemetery, Ripton

Gea (or Gee) Cemetery, Ripton. The unmarked grave of my Great-Great Grandfather is in this cemetery.

Holman (or Salisbury) Cemetery, Salisbury

Irasville Cemetery, Irasville

Maxham Cemetery, Hancock. Located right on the side of Route 125, this cemetery is the resting place of the Maxham's "and daughters".

North Hollow Cemetery, Granville

North Hollow Cemetery, Rochester

Prospect Cemetery, East Middlebury

South Fayston Cemetery, Waitsfield

South Hollow Cemetery, Granville

St. Therese Cemetery, Ripton

St. Therese Cemetery, Ripton

Village Cemetery, Hancock

Village Cemetery, Waitsfield

Wait Cemetery, Waitsfield

Warren Cemetery, Warren

Warren Cemetery, Warren

Warren Schoolhouse Cemetery, Warren - this cemetery I found on mistake!

Warren Schoolhouse Cemetery, Warren

Wst Salisbury Road Cemetery, Salisbury

West Salisbury Road Cemetery, Salisbury

A 3 day weekend and so many options for cemeteries to visit!  So far the plan for one day is Ripton/Lincoln and the surrounding area.  It’s amazing how many little cemeteries are up there!  One of the things I’m most looking forward to on this round is to document one of the cemeteries in Ripton that has some of my family in it, including an unmarked grave for a great-great-great…something.  I think it’s time someone documented it before there’s no one left who knows where it is.

On that note it makes me wonder how many unmarked graves are out there, particularly in the small older cemeteries that are forgotten about on the back roads.  I think it’s sad that there are those that are forgotten, or as I’ve found out in my research, entire cemeteries that have disappeared over the years.

Well there’s just over 50 cemeteries on my list for one day’s trip so I think I should narrow it down a little.

Grand Isle County

June 28, 2010

Today was a tour of Grand Isle County.  21 cemeteries on my list and I made it to all but 3 of them.  Two I couldn’t find due to poor navigating and the last, which I was most excited about I just couldn’t find.

Graveyard Point Cemetery in North Hero is where I was most looking forward to going.  It appears from what I discovered online to be a very old and small cemetery, tucked on a back road.  After driving by where I had thought it to be a couple of times I couldn’t see where it might be hidden.  If anyone has any suggestions please let me know.

Cemeteries are magical places.  Today’s adventure yielded some old, but not too unusual cemeteries.

Today’s favorite name: Eaphrasia

Alburgh Center Cemetery, Alburgh - tucked on a private back road although well maintained.

Burying Yard Point Cemetery, Isle Lamotte - a single stone marking where a number of soldiers were buried, both named and un-named.

Bush Cemetery, Alburgh - still used, the old wrought iron gates around this cemetery are beautiful. The most popular carving on stones in the older section of this cemetery was a hand pointing skyward.

Bush Cemetery, Alburgh

Grand Isle Cemetery, Grand Isle - a lamb on a stone most often indicates it is that of a child.

Greenwoods Cemetery, Alburgh - somewhat overgrown and surrounded by an old field fence. This small wooden cross is actually quite recent, 2009.

Greenwoods Cemetery, Alburgh - another oddity in this small cemetery.

Hoag Cemetery, Grand Isle - a small family cemetery, still well maintained.

Hyde Cemetery, North Hero - looking out to the lake this cemetery is till used.

Jerusalem Cemetery, North Hero - bordered by a farm, this small cemetery had a simple but moving epitaph on one of it's stones. "Friends and Physicians could not save, my mortal body from the grave. Nor can the grave confine it here, when Christ shall call it to appear."

Macomber Cemetery, Grand Isle - this tiny family plot is located next to the Quaker Cemetery.

North Cemetery (Methodist Cemetery), Isle Lamotte - many of these old cemeteries still have sections that are used today.

North End Cemetery, North Hero

North End Cemetery, North Hero

Old Stone Church Cemetery, Isle Lamotte

Old Stone Church, Isle Lamotte

Quaker Cemetery, Grand Isle - none of the stones in this cemetery are legible, they are all just small pieces of their former selves.

Quaker Cemetery, Grand Isle - the large stone in the center once had writing carved into it at one time, now there are just shadows of it visible.

Reynolds McGregor Cemetery, Alburgh - two small family cemeteries joined as one, the Reynolds on one side, McGregors on the other and two children, different last names, in the center.

Reynolds McGregor Cemetery, Alburgh

South End Cemetery, North Hero

South Hero Cemetery, South Hero

St. Amadeus Cemetery, Alburgh

St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Isle Lamotte

So the title should probably read “Today – Grand Isle County” as it is currently 1am and I am writing this post.  About to head to bed though.  22 cemeteries on my list for tomorrow, spanning the towns of Grand Isle County.  I look forward to seeing how many we can get to.

I will say I’m surprised with South Hero.  Just 1 cemetery?  Where do you folks put your dearly departed?  Granted by the information I have it’s a large cemetery but still, the other towns have 3, 4, 7….

If anyone has recommendations for off-the-beaten-path cemeteries I will gladly take them.  I am surprised at the amount of information that is currently available on the world wide web and I am looking forward to adding to it.

Stay tuned for my “favorite name” game that will be happening simultaneously with my journey.  Some of the old names out there are great!

Yesterday’s visit to Hope Cemetery in Barre was beautiful as always.  This garden cemetery is one of my favorite in Vermont and has my favorite stone in it.  I’ll post some photos later of this cemetery and it’s beautiful monuments.  I was surprised by the number of other people that were there just looking around at the stones.  None are terribly old in this one but the scale and craftmanship is extrodinary.

I think this weekend will be the beginning of visits to cemeteries that I haven’t visited before in the area, then will branch out.

Today’s bonus is Montreal’s Cote-de-Neiges Cemetery.  Another beautiful garden cemetery, although much older than Hope.

The Journey Starts

June 23, 2010

First let me say, I don’t really mean ALL of Vermont’s cemeteries.  As anyone who lives here knows, there are all sorts of little family plots in backyards, hidden cemeteries in the woods or way off the beaten path where I may never find them.  But my goal is to find as many as possible. 

I am a taphophile (look it up, it’s not dirty).  I love cemeteries, the older the better and especially if it has sculptures.  I have threatened those close to me with hauntings if the day comes and a plain stone is put at my head. 

Although this is titled for Vermont, I will be throwing in occasional postings of other cemeteries that I have or will visit.

Tomorrow I visit Hope Cemetery in Barre VT with friends Brian and Aaron.  This is my favorite cemetery in Vermont for sculpture, the stones seen there are just incredible.