A Story In Every Stone

The Old Village Cemetery in Richmond, just up the hill from the Winooski River, has 460 stones and 460 stories. Here are two of the stories from the 1859 Vermont Historical Gazetter: Some years ago (in 1831) the bridge over the Winooski having been carried away by high water, Heman Russel, Evander Lapham and Thomas Bennet and three others, being desirous to cross, attempted it in a boat. By an accident the boat was capsized, and Heman Russel and Evander Lapham were drowned. Thomas Bennet was so badly chilled that he died soon after he was got out of the river. Church, the mail-carrier, whom they were trying to ferry over, swam to the shore; Blossom and Case to an island, and thus three escaped with their lives. The accident was on the 31st day of March, 1831. Russel was found next morning; but Lapham not till June following. Heman and Thomas are buried here; Evander and his story are elsewhere.

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Architectural Terms - A Glossary

Allied Arts Publishing Company of Chicago, publishers of Park and Cemetery Magazine during the 1910s and 1920s, also published the Monument Dealer's Manual in 1919. The manual was billed as "The Monument Man's Encyclopedia", and as "A Hand Book of Ready Reference to Useful Information for the Monument Craft." Articles included Cleaning Discolored Marble, Crushing Strength of Granites, How to Make Scagliola, and this article, Architectural Terms - A Glossary. We suggest that you print out the pictures below, and the next time you are conducting a cemetery walk in your town, begin pointing out the fillets, apex, lintels, and triglyphs on headstones, and you will gain great respect and admiration from the attendees!

Abacus— The uppermost member of the capital of a column, immediately under the architrave...You see what we mean?.. Read on...

Bridgewater Historical Society

Bridgewater Historical Society preserves the exciting history of Bridgewater, Vermont and its many hamlets. Explore our extensive collection of artifacts, maps, photographs and data on area gold mines, mills, civil war and much more. We are located in one of Vermont’s oldest schoolhouses.

Brick School House
This two-story brick schoolhouse was built in 1803. In 1840, a bell tower and second story were added, creating a large room with a unique vaulted ceiling. The ground floor has a fireproof concrete vault, as the town office was housed here at one time. After the new village school was built in 1914, the building served various uses including living quarters, barbershop and a community center.

The Bridgewater Historical Society’s first public program hosted Howard Coffin, a well-known author and Civil War historian. A closing comment was made that in August 1854 the townspeople met at this very same building to “favor the repeal of the Fugitive Slave Act (Law)”. The saving of the schoolhouse not only marks that event, but also honors the soldiers from Bridgewater who served in the Civil War, and subsequent wars. Please visit our website here.

Booth Family Car