Vermont May 15, 2016
15 Cemeteries In Vermont That Will Give You Goosebumps
Some may find it creepy to wander around in cemeteries, but it can be very humbling and serene as you feel the reminiscence of history. The stories you can find in a Vermont cemetery can be very interesting, as you can tell by reading some of the dates and names on the headstones and grave markers. The mountains in Vermont may stay the same, but the stones and markers in these cemeteries add rich history about the people who lived here before us.
1. Craftsbury Cemetery, Craftsbury
An eerie fog hangs above the cemetery in the Northeast Kingdom.
2. Hope Cemetery, Barre
The monuments are works of art and draws people to see the amazing stonework in the Hope Cemetery.
3. Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington
In the Lakeview Cemetery you'll find the Louisa Howard Chapel, which is available for private rental memorial services, gatherings and... Weddings?
4. Densmore Hill Cemetery, Hartland
The colors and shadows here give an ominous chill.
5. Burke Hollow Cemetery, East Burke
People have claimed that the Burke Hollow Cemetery is haunted and say they have the distinct feeling that they are being watched when they walk or drive by.
6. Green Mountain Cemetery, Montpelier
The legends of the statue found here named Black Agnes vary, but one thing is always the same: something bad will happen if you sit in her lap. Depending on who tells the story, the unlucky person will encounter three instances of bad luck, have an uncountable amount of bad luck, or die within seven days. Perhaps its best just to avoid the statue altogether.
7. Williamsville Cemetery, Williamsville
This cemetery is on both sides of a road, and legend has it that long ago a husband and wife died and were buried on either side of the road. Their ghosts appear and meet on their anniversary.
8. Prospect Hill Cemetery, Brattleboro
This large cemetery located close to the center of town was once known as the Village Burial Ground. One area which is known as the “Poor Section” has few stones and was used for patients of the Vermont Asylum. The stones are placed with large amounts of space between them, indicating that there may be many unmarked graves here. It is believed that the earliest patients to die at the Asylum were buried here.
9. Brattleboro Retreat Cemetery, Brattleboro
Over 700 names are listed in the Asylum's burial journal, but this small piece of land couldn't hold that many bodies. It is unknown where many are actually buried.
10. Green Mont Cemetery, Burlington
Cemeteries are a place for us to pay our respects to the departed, but what if they aren't actually there? You see, no one is entirely sure if Ethan Allen is resting beneath the monument. It's all speculation.
11. Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven
Timothy Clark Smith feared being buried alive, so he arranged for a square of glass in the ground to lead straight down to his face.
12. Shard Villa, Salisbury
The original family who built the
still resides on the property in the mausoleum that holds their remains in glass topped coffins on glass shelves.
13. Old First Church, Bennington
The cemetery at the Old First Church has some monuments that are both artful and fascinating.
14. Pleasant View Cemetery, Ludlow
This cemetery is appropriately named as the views here are stunning. What's disturbing, however, is seeing how many children are buried in the older section, often dying before their first birthday. It certainly gives a humbling peek into how life was in Vermont in the past.
15. The Old Cemetery, Westminster Village
Despite their age and weathered appearance, the stones stand straight in this intriguing cemetery.
Have you wandered around any of these places? What did you think?