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.

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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.

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!

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.