A New Look at an Old Cemetery.
Meetinghouse Cemetery in Norwich Vermont is one of the oldest graveyards in the town. Norwich was chartered in 1761. This cemetery, located near the intersection of Union Village and Olcott Roads, contains graves of the earliest settlers of Norwich; the folks that moved here when the Upper Valley was mostly wilderness, before the Revolutionary War.
Early Headstone Half-Buried.
I visited the Meeting House Hill Cemetery on a recent morning, and made the following two-minute video. I hope you'll watch it. Many people drive by this cemetery often. I used to drive by it daily, for years, just catching a glimpse occasionally, sometimes when the light was right, never giving it much thought. But it's worth the thought! It is an amazingly beautiful old cemetery, and worth a peaceful visit. The historic gravestones are really works of art, and there are true local heroes buried here.
The last grave shown in the video was that of Peter Olcott's children: Peter Olcott, 1765-1773; Pelatiah Mills Olcott, 1763-1773, and Timothy Olcott, 1766-1799. Peter Olcott was a brigadier general, served in the Vermont House of Representatives, was on the Vermont Supreme Court, and held other notable positions such as Lieutenant Governor. He was born in 1733 and died in 1808. His grave is about a third worn away from time and weather, and is partially seen here:
Grave of Peter Olcott
Another of Peter Olcott's sons, Mills Olcott, 1774-1845, was responsible for starting the White River Falls Company, which built the canals and locks on the Connecticut River, starting in 1810. Now there's a story for another time!
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Narration, and trumpet playing on “Taps”: Bob Totz