Turn Right onto Cemetery Road in Shrewsbury

When you drive in from Route 103, watch for the Shrewsbury Community Church and Meeting House sign, turn right and drive down Cemetery Road. It’s steep and a dead end (pardon the expression). When you get out of your car, take in the view across Center Cemetery and out into the Green Mountains. Pure Vermont. The headstones date back 200 years. An unnamed Daughter and Son of Orin and Diantha Knight were buried here side-by-side in 1836 and 1842. Their other 4 children got names. Nathan Smith, who died in 1866 at age 87, has a sheaf of wheat on his headstone, symbolizing a long and fruitful life. A Mason jar, lying atop the field stone wall at the well-worn gate, contain the cemetery rules and regulations for the traveler from Burlington or Boston.

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Burlington’s Most Endangered:
Elmwood Cemetery

Sadly, as previous installments of "Burlington's Most Endangered" demonstrate, there are many properties in the Queen City that are threatened by neglect, inadequate maintenance, lack of funding, inappropriate development and even insensitive public policy. It's not just houses that are at risk however, but also commercial and industrial buildings, garages, landscapes, monuments, parks and even cemeteries. Our historic burying places are worthy of as much attention and care as our greatest architecture. They fill gaps in archival records, give community context, and speak to our cultural standards and ideologies. Preserving them isn't so much.... Read on...

We Need a Secretary!

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Lakeview Cemetery Civil War Walking Tour

The annual Lakeview Cemetery Civil War Walking Tour will be held RAIN or SHINE on Saturday, May 28 2016 at 1PM. Lakeview Cemetery is located on North Avenue in Burlington, Vermont. Free to the public (donations are welcomed).

Don Jackson will again be leading the walking tour through Lakeview Cemetery highlighting Civil War soldiers buried in the cemetery. Featured will be members of the Massachusetts 54th Colored Troops (basis for the movie Glory), General Howard (Howard University), Fort Ethan Allen's Buffalo Soldiers, a newly discovered sharpshooter, and a special guest speaker, Civil War re-enactor, representing General Stannard.

The Friends of Lakeview will also open the historic 1882 Louisa Howard Chapel from 11AM to 3PM. Come and enjoy this beautiful High Gothic Victorian landmark.