The Fire Next Door
That’s Elizabeth Van Ormun Collamer, wife of Samuel Collamer, and mother of Jacob Collamer, the United States Senator, resting with Burlington firefighters after they extinguished the fierce blaze in the Methodist Church on Elmwood Avenue earlier this month. Samuel was a 10th Massachusetts fifer in the Continental Army, and Troy, N.Y’s Town Constable, before he and Elizabeth moved to Burlington in 1795. Find-a-Grave shows us that Elizabeth was born in 1769 and died Jul. 27, 1850. The Methodist Church sustained significant damage from the three alarm fire. A bit of debris from the fire fell in Elmwood Avenue Cemetery but no headstones sustained damage.
Hillside-West Bridgewater Cemetery
Marilyn Welch-Fava became president of the West Bridgewater Cemetery Association in 2010. The Association completed a preservation project at the Hillside-West Bridgewater Cemetery this fall and we recently spoke with Marilyn about this beautiful cemetery.
VOCA: Can you give us a brief history of the West Bridgewater Cemetery Association?
Marilyn: The first meeting of the West Bridgewater Cemetery Association was held July 15, 1871, when it appears that the Association was established... Read on...