Following Alan's call to help locate a grave, I realized that Middlebury College, which kindly hosts the site on which information about the inhabitants of the cemetery resides, never scanned the handdrawn map we made some years ago to facilitate locating graves. We started the survey some 8 years ago and, as with so many old cemeteries, none of the rows of tombstones were laid out accurately but rather higgeldy piggeldy. Please keep this in mind before getting too frustrated with us. So, here goes a verbal account of how to find a particular grave:
1. Starting at Rte. 30 where the lane going into the cemetery starts. On your lefthand side (south side), the numbers begin with 1, 2, 3, etc. and proceed all the way uphill along the length of the lane until you come to the chainlink fence that separates Middlebury Cmty. from St. Mary's Catholic Cmty. The last number at that top end is 715.
2. Now, walk across the lane to the other side and the first grave next to the chainlink fence is 716. The numbers continue as you walk BACK down the lane to Rte. 30 and the vault/workroom where the grave next to the workroom and almost under the trees is 1650. We call this the center section.
3. The north section of the cemetery calls for you to walk BACK up to the chainlink fence. As you stand at grave 716 above,look to the north, towards the college, and you will see a natural gulley that partially splits the cemetery in two. From the other side of that gully begins grave 1651. Then from 1651 walk back down towards Rte. 30 until the last grave in the north section which is 2255.
4. There will be more changes and additions to this basic map as time goes on. We will have to figure out how to make it more easily accessible to viewers. Will keep you all posted. Hope this helps. If anyone has a problem locating a grave, please don't hesitate to ask me. Linda
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