Cemeteries in Vermont are hauntingly beautiful. Not only will you find intricately carved monuments from local granite, but the settings and scenery are out of a dream. Let’s take a look at some of the most intriguing gravesites in VT that will give you chills in the best way.
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1. Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven
Timothy Clark Smith was terrified of being buried alive, so he arranged for his grave to have a window. This way, if he was not dead, someone would see and rescue him. He passed away in 1893 and this grave was designed with a cement tube which led down to his face and it's covered with a 14x14 inch piece of glass. You can't see down now, but it's still pretty creepy.
The Evergreen Cemetery is located at
749 North St., New Haven, VT 05472
2. Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier
There are many monuments of interest here, but perhaps the most fascinating is the legend of "Black Agnes." Black Agnes is actually a large statue titled Thanatos, meaning "death" in Greek. The story goes that if you sit on the statue's lap you will encounter three strikes of bad luck, have a large amount of misfortune, or you will die in seven days.
The Green Mount Cemetery is located at 250 State St., Montpelier, VT 05602
3. The Old Cemetery, Westminster Village
If it's a beautiful, old cemetery you're looking for, this one will not disappoint. The gravestones still stand tall and proud in this tranquil spot.
The Old Cemetery is located on Old Cemetery Rd., Westminster, VT 05158
4. The First Congregational Church, Bennington
The cemetery adjacent to this church is where you'll find the final resting place of Robert Frost. The inside of the church is just as stunning as it's surroundings.
The The First Congregational Church is located at VT Rte. 9 and Monument Avenue, Old Bennington, VT 05201
5. Hope Cemetery, Barre
Most of the monuments here are carved of the stone from the nearby Rock of Ages quarry. Here you'll find some of the most intricately carved memorials you'll ever find in a cemetery.
The Hope Cemetery is located at 201 Maple Ave., Barre, VT 05641
6. Little River State Park, Waterbury
Within this State Park you'll find not only a ghost town, but two cemeteries from the former settlement. Click
for more information on their history hike to see it for yourself.
The Little River State Park is located at 3444 Little River Rd., Waterbury, VT 05676
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 supposedly appear and meet on their anniversary.
8. 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.
The Brattleboro Retreat Cemetery is located at 1 Anna Marsh Ln., Brattleboro, VT 05302
9. 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, and perhaps this is where the others who were listed in the Brattleboro Retreat Cemetery were laid to rest.
The Prospect Hill Cemetery is located at 94 South Main St., Brattleboro, VT 05301
10. Shard Villa, Salisbury
The family mausoleum at this estate is truly grand. But perhaps the story behind the villa is even more fascinating! Click
to read about it.
The Shard Villa is located at 1177 Shard Villa Rd., Salisbury, VT 05769
11. Pleasant View Cemetery, Ludlow
This cemetery is appropriately named as the views here are magnificent. 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.
The Pleasant View Cemetery is located at 37 Depot St., Ludlow VT 05149