We Begin Our 58th Year

Vermont has more than two thousand cemeteries. Many cemeteries began burials more than two hundred years ago. The headstones that mark these burials represent a life lived, and are our most valuable possessions. Individually, the stones connect us to our great-great-great aunt or our great-grandfather; taken as a whole, they piece together a complex history that is the American experience. We salute the volunteers in Ira, in Northfield, in Manchester, Burlington, and Groton, shown in these pictures, who repaired a headstone, funded a restoration, lead a tour, or served on a Cemetery Commission. We invite you to join us as we begin our 58th year as an organization. The rewards of preserving and restoring old Vermont cemeteries are many: personal, educational, historical, civic, patriotic, for these cemeteries span the centuries - from the 18th century into the indeterminate future.

Feature Story

Lareau Farm Graveyard
Nestled amid towering maple and birch trees, on a hill overlooking Lareau Farm in Waitsfield, Vermont, is the family graveyard of the Stoddards, one of the founding families of the town. The 25-acre farm at 46 Lareau Road is now home to the restaurant American Flatbread, administrative cabins, a bed and breakfast, working farm fields, and an events pavillion. There are no signs or markers indicating the existence of the graveyard to the southwest of the farmhouse - only a narrow trailhead almost entirely obscured by tall weeds and wild raspberry bushes... 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.

Rutland Historical Society

The Rutland Historical Society was founded in 1969 to serve the original town of Rutland which includes the present towns of Proctor, Rutland Town, West Rutland and the City of Rutland.

From modest beginnings, the Society has progressed to be a very active organization. It has received awards of excellence from the Vermont League of Local Historical Societies for its quarterly magazine, and for its monthly television series “Historically Speaking”. This television series airs on the local public access channel, and can be seen on demand (in streaming video), on the public access web site. The Society also publishes a newsletter about Society activities. A Rutland Historical Society column entitled “Tidbits From Then and Now” is published in “Sam’s Good News”, a local weekly newspaper. Six hundred of the back issues of “Tidbits From Then and Now” can be viewed on our web site. The Society also offers history programs for groups of all ages from kindergarten to senior citizens. The programs are conducted both at the Society, and at other locations.

The Society collects, preserves, and shares all manner of materials. This includes books, manuscripts, photographs, textiles, and special collections. For example, there is an extensive collection of Rutland newspapers including the Rutland Herald, municipal court records, cemetery records and much more. The Society has nearly 600 members from 32 states. The activities of the Society are accomplished through the work of dedicated volunteers. The Society welcomes all gifts of items, collections of historical significance, bequests, or donations, so that it may continue to preserve the past and enrich future generations. Your participation is welcomed through volunteer work, membership, or donations. You are encouraged to visit the Society at 96 Center Street to do some research, or view the changing exhibits.

Click here for Rutland Historical Society's website.