Self-guided Tour

Colchester Village Cemetery, Sunday morning, early May, spitting hail. We made a point of entering the cemetery through the ornate gate in the one-hundred-year old wrought iron fence. The Colchester cemetery commissioners ordered the No. 115 fence from Page Woven Wire Fence Company around 1910, and it was manufactured in either Page’s Adrian, Michigan or Monessen, Pennsylvania plant. Just inside is the tablet (or is it a stele) gravestone of Captain Moses Bates who led a contingent of approximately 50 militia from Colchester during the Battle of Plattsburgh, the final invasion of the northern states by the British during the War of 1812. A round brass cemetery lot marker is underfoot, placed some 90 years ago, based on the burial dates in the family plot. Those are definitely apple blossoms with a hanging apple on Juliaett Irish’s headstone, symbolizing sin in the Old Testament and salvation in the New. Elijah Bates, Civil War private, is not buried here; he died of disease in 1862 and is buried in Philadelphia. His cenotaph is here though, with the epitaph, ‘died in the army’. Maria Lane has 'Gone Home' with mixed symbolism of hands pointing up (indicating the soul has risen to Heaven) while holding roses (indicating martyrdom or purity).

Feature Story

A Visit To
Old South Church Cemetery
In Windsor, VT

Editor's note: This delightful (and close to home) article appears in the Spring 2020 Old Graveyard News, the newsletter of the New Hampshire Old Graveyard Association (NHOGA). Author John Lord is NHOGA's Treasurer.

Last October the NH Old Graveyard Association received a request from the Vermont Old Cemetery Association, (VOCA), asking for help in assessing the needs of Old South Church Cemetery in Windsor, VT. They wanted to formulate a plan for the treatment and preservation of its gravestones and landscape... Read on...

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The Stow Cemetery in Weybridge is Vermont's most endangered cemetery... Read on...

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- Act in cooperation with public and private entities to promote awareness of and interest in Poultney’s history and heritage and the present and future development of the Town of Poultney.

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