Somebody's Got To Do itNatives and leaf peepers traveling along the William Scott Memorial Highway a few Saturdays ago would have noticed a blue wheelbarrow, shovels, buckets, some fresh soil being turned, and two people on their hands and knees in the Groton Village Cemetery. That Saturday, while most were traveling the roads and taking in Vermont's crimson and gold mountainsides, Tony Dennis and his son were righting headstones of the Clarks who started burying their family in the cemetery in 1823. We stopped, backed up, parked and walked among the wonderful funerary symbols including draped urns, lambs, Grecian columns, hands pointing up, veterans' flags, and olive trees. Tony, whose work you could see elsewhere in the cemetery, responded to our 'how did you get involved with headstone restoration' with 'somebody's got to do it'.
Lareau Farm Graveyard
Nestled amid towering maple and birch trees, on a hill overlooking Lareau Farm in Waitsfield, Vermont, is the family graveyard of the Stoddards, one of the founding families of the town. The 25-acre farm at 46 Lareau Road is now home to the restaurant American Flatbread, administrative cabins, a bed and breakfast, working farm fields, and an events pavillion. There are no signs or markers indicating the existence of the graveyard to the southwest of the farmhouse - only a narrow trailhead almost entirely obscured by tall weeds and wild raspberry bushes... Read on...