Easter Sunday in the First Quaker
Looking through our database of Vermont’s 2000+ cemeteries, we found the First Quaker Cemetery in Ferrisburgh reported as first used in 1801, 80+ graves, most field stones, and in good condition during our 1991 state-wide survey. When we arrived at the bend in Robinson Road early Easter Sunday morning, the sun was shining brightly on two inches of overnight snow, a snow devil was swirling at the crest of the pasture, and twenty Canadian geese were V’d directly overhead, honking and headed to Hudson Bay. This had to be the place and sure enough, it was. We counted at least seventy of the stones. Fenced, American flag at the entrance, the cemetery has caretakers. The stones generally face west and were hard to read with the morning sun in the east. We will be back in a month or so to assess damaged stones and record inscriptions.
Next time you visit Center Cemetery in Colchester, if you look closely at the left or right gate post, down at the bottom on the shoe of the gate post, you will see Page No. 115 cast in the metal. Page, i.e., Page Woven Wire Fence Company, was founded in 1889 by J. Wallace Page, a Civil War veteran, farmer, tinkerer, and future industrialist. By 1898, Page had turned (pardon the pun) his one man fence making shop into two large plants, one in Adrian, Michigan and the other in Monessen, Pennsylvania, producing woven wire, farm fence gates, wire, nails, staples, and wrought iron fences for cemeteries. No. 115 refers to one of a number of cemetery fence patterns... Read on...