Munson Cemetery in Colchester, Vermont: Part 1

Did ya think I forgot about you today??? Well, I did not. I had the COVID booster shot yesterday and I’ve been feeling very tired and sluggish all day. I understand that better late than never is OK. Hope so! 🙂

I visited Munson Cemetery in Colchester, Vermont yesterday. It is the oldest cemetery in Colchester and today’s video is Part 1 of 2. You’ll get to see the rest tomorrow.

There are veterans of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Union soldiers of the US Civil War buried there. Truly amazing…

“The first and oldest

Here in Colchester you will want to start with the town’s first and oldest cemetery – the Munson Cemetery. It is located on U.S. 2 and 7, just south of the intersection with Vermont 127, or according to an article written by Kenneth Degree (in a 1979 edition of the Colchester Historical Society’s newsletter “Colchester’s Past”), the cemetery “lying south of William Munson’s mill about 40 rods to the top of the hill to a large pine tree.”

Originally named the Maple View Cemetery, it has come to be known as Munson’s Cemetery, perhaps because of its relationship to William Munson’s mill or the fact that at least six generations of Munsons are buried there. In any case, it is today still called the Munson Cemetery and as a result of a recent gift given by Robert and Holly Miller, of an additional acre of land (that lies between the cemetery and the newly opened McClure/Miller VNA Respite Home), it is the one cemetery in town that is not crowded and has room for additional burials . . . maybe for you and your family?

In addition to the Munsons, you would be joining the Wolcott family. Elijah Wolcott served with the Green Mountain Boys in 1778 in the Revolutionary War. He was the first of eight generations of Wolcotts to be buried in Colchester. Or, you might be near the marker of Henry F. Gale, 1849, 26 years of age, whose tombstone carries this sentiment “The sweet remembrance of the Just/Shall flourish though they sleep in dust.”-

Munson Cemetery in Colchester, Vermont. Photo snapped on December 22, 2021.


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