Corner of Maple and Park

In 1791, Vermont joined the fledging United Sates of America. That same spring, the residents of Brandon laid out Pine Hill Cemetery on the North road leading to Middlebury. Since then, several thousand headstones have been placed and several streets have been laid out in the hilly terrain. Thomas Davenport, the Brandon blacksmith who invented the first DC electric motor in 1834 and received patent number 132 in 1837, is buried here. The façade of the underground vault is an architectural treasure. A recent addition is a memorial to the residents of Brandon Training School who also rest here. Next time you are traveling North or South on Route 7, take a few minutes and visit the corner of Maple and Park.

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Albert's Memorial
Albert Woodworth’s body is buried in Northfield's Elmwood Cemetery in a grave lot shared with several slaters who were friends of his widow. Albert had joined the Northern Army during the War Between the States. He left behind his widow, Ellen (Woodworth )Flanders Woolworth and six children. Albert Woodworth was born on June 6, 1816 in Royalton, Vermont. It was there that he went to school and later learned to work as a blacksmith. He married Elizabeth “Betsey” Sawyer in 1843. They moved to Bradford, Vermont... Read on...

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Green Mountain Graveyards

Special Exhibit October 2014 to April 2015
Vermont History Museum
109 State Street, Montpelier VT (802) 828-2291

Green Mountain Graveyards traces the evolution of gravestone and funerary art in Vermont. This exhibit connects changing symbols and motifs with cultural and social views of death and mortality. Photographs of Vermont's earliest gravestones from the late 1700s depict the last vestiges of the popular "memento mori" movement, including carvings depicting coffins, hourglasses, and crude portraits. As society's views on death softened, artwork shifted away from the physical remains to more spiritual concerns, incorporating weeping willow trees, angels and winged cherubs. The growth of the state's granite economy in the late 1800s solidified Vermont's place in graveyard history as the industry attracted talented stoneworkers and sculptors from across the world.

The exhibit will be at the Vermont History Museum through mid-April 2015.