Early Spring in the Old Milton Cemetery

The ground slopes up sharply to the East when you first drive into the Old Milton Cemetery. Row upon row of classic headstones tier up the hill, facing the setting sun in the West. Hundred year old locust trees, a late nineteenth century wrought iron gate complete with door knob, and the neighboring red brick United Church of Milton flesh out the view. Milton was chartered by Governor Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire on June 8, 1763. The first grantees arrived in February 1782, and by 1795, there were approximately 300 settlers living in Milton. They began burying their dead in 1796 in the "new" Cemetery. Henry Ainsworth, born 1753 at Woodstock CT, married 1777 to Frances Thorp of Pomfret VT, moved to St. Albans VT 1807, and died at Milton VT in 1827, is buried here. After cresting the hill, we discovered that there is much work to do. Pass the shovel and mix the epoxy!

In Memory of Our Member

Shirley L. Giffin, 85, died March 20, 2016, in Rutland, surrounded by her family. She was born in Burlington, May 2, 1930, daughter of Harold and Ruth (Torrey) Gee. She enjoyed her family and researching family genealogy. She was a member of the Mayflower Society and Vermont Old Cemetery Assn. She enjoyed painting as a hobby... Read on...

We Need a Secretary!

As per the bylaws: The secretary shall keep the minutes of the meetings, issue announcements, handle mailings unless otherwise arranged, conduct secretarial correspondence. Please contact our president, Tom Giffin.


VOCA Spring Meeting

The Spring Meeting of the Vermont Old Cemetery Association will be held on May 7, 2016 in Rutland, Vermont. A Coffee Hour will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. followed by a Business Meeting from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Lunch and our Guest Speaker will follow.

LOCATION:
Immaculate Heart of Mary – St. Anne Hall
18 Lincoln Avenue
Rutland, Vermont 05701

DIRECTIONS:
From the north or south: At the intersection of Route 4W and 7 (West Street) in the city by the park, head west 1 block. Take first right (Nichols Street). Church parking lot is immediately on the left. St. Anne’s Hall is in the basement of the church.
From the east or west: Route 4 to the intersection of 7 and then to the business 4W (West Street).
MENU:
Baked Ziti, Chicken Wings, Meatballs, Italian Bread, Green salad, Dessert, and Drinks. $12.00 per person. Please send your check by April 23, 2016 please to: Tom Giffin, 61 East Washington Street, Rutland, Vermont 05701.
SPEAKER:
Bill Powers will present a pictorial and narrative of Lake Dunmore’s legendary “Aunt Jennie" (1856-1934). Famous for her Lake Dunmore Tea House and nearby restaurants at Brandon, and the Vermont State Fair in Rutland, Jennie's father and husband were Civil War veterans who died at early ages. Widowed and raising her family, she became a legend in tenacity and perseverance. Hear her story and see a video of her 1933 plane ride over Lake Dunmore. More than 50 photographs included.