We Begin Our 58th YearVermont 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.
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...