Feature Story

Readsboro Cemetery Commission

January 13, 2017

160 Congress Street
Milford, MA 01757

Vermont Old Cemetery Association
44 North Main St.
Rutland, VT 05701

Dear VOCA,

I recently traveled to Readsboro, Vermont, where I grew up on the Thayer farm during the late 1950s and early 1960s. While there, I visited South Hill Cemetery where my father is buried. It’s difficult to find words to express how thoroughly impressed I was with the repairs and other maintenance performed at the cemetery. Aged, damaged headstones were repaired; new headstone foundations were constructed; and headstones were cleaned and refreshed. The labor involved was extensive; the result, superb.

That a small town such as Readsboro can derive the means to repair and maintain their cemeteries to such a high standard, so that descendents of those interred in them can visit them for decades to come, is not only a testament to the passion and skill of the Readsboro Cemetery Commission, but is also the standard by which municipal cemeteries should be maintained. I’ve visited other municipalities that possess greater funding and support whose cemeteries pale in comparison to Readsboro’s. Readsboro and its cemetery commission should be enormously proud of their efforts.

My writing to you is to sing the well-earned praises of the Readsboro Cemetery Commission and also to encourage Readsboro to continue its support of their commission’s vital work.

Again, congratulations to the town of Readsboro and its cemetery commission for a job very well done, indeed!

Sincerely yours,
Verne L. Thayer

Salem Thayer and his wife Nancy Bishop,
Verne's great grandfather and mother


Readsboro Cemetery Commission

Forrest Hicks, Chairperson
Robert Scott, Vice Chairperson
Priscilla Margola, Secretary/Treasurer
Neal Houston, Alternate Secretary
Raymond Eilers, Member

The Vermont Old Cemetery Association adds its sincere congratulations to the town of Readsboro and its cemetery commission!