Those People Ain’t Going To Get Out Of ThereCousin Ed recently shared this story, told to him by his father: When my father was a young man, he was at Town Meeting in Benson, and the motion on the floor was whether to appropriate $79 or $80 for redoing the fence around the cemetery. My father said there was a lot of discussion on the matter, and finally an old guy standing up in the back who was well lubricated said, “We don’t need to spend the money for a fence! Those people ain’t going to get out of there”. The old guy was half right. Vermont law provides that when the cemetery commissioners neglect to keep in repair the fence around a public burial ground, the town may be prosecuted for such neglect. The part about ain’t going nowhere is true.
Abby Maria Hemenway was Vermont’s premier historian in the 19th century. In 1867 she published Volume 1 of her now famous Vermont Historical Gazetteer. Volume 1 covered the Vermont towns in Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, and Essex counties. The history of the town of Lyndon, Vermont, first granted in 1780, includes a section on Lyndon Corner and Lyndon Centre. In the modern day, Lyndon Centre hosts Lyndon Institute and the best high school football field in Vermont. Right next door is the Lyndon Center Cemetery. In 1867, 149 years ago, Abby described the cemetery in this way... Read on...