Saturday in Franklin County
After having spent the morning in the park in St. Albans, watching the reenactment of the St. Albans bank raid by Confederates one hundred and fifty years ago, listening to the Citizen’s band doing patriotic and show tunes, picking up a four dollar forty year old book on the Mets at the antique show at City Hall, stopping by the new Walmart to get antifreeze, Mr. Clean, and foot spray, driving on to Swanton to get some Chester's Chicken tenders at the Champlain Farms C-Store, we finally got to the day’s primary objective: Woods Hill Cemetery. Located on Route 7 between St. Albans and Swanton, burials date from 1802 and there are some 300 graves. Woods Hill has a dozen Woods including Lucinda, Ira, Cornelius, and Sophia who were interred between 1817 and 1926; the 1857 map shows several Woods in residence in the area; there is every indication that the family came from Canada and anglicized their DuBois surname. The Swanton Historical Society web page indicates that preservation efforts are underway for Woods Hill which has many damaged stones. An absolutely beautiful Vermont cemetery!
Northfield's Richardson Cemetery
In November 2009 Sarah Matthews was walking across the soccer fields down by the Dog River on the west side of the Norwich University campus. She came across a small cemetery plot in great disrepair in the middle of the pitch. The largest stone was split in half by two large bullet holes. Curiosity led her to jot down the names on the few stones which led to library research and word of mouth. It turned out that Matthews had rediscovered Stanton Richardson and family, some of the original founders of Northfield... Read on...