Preserving History: Volunteers Wanted for Cemetery Restoration in Burlington

Volunteers Needed for Greenmount Cemetery Restoration Effort

Burlington, Vt. - Burlington is home to 3 municipally owned cemeteries.  The oldest, Greenmount Cemetery, was founded in 1763.  The alleged resting place of General Ethan Allen.

Those three cemeteries are run by Burlington's Parks and Recreation Department, an endeavor that utilizes a lot of city resources.  It's why they're asking for your help.  The Parks Department, along with state and local preservation groups are encouraging volunteers to step up and help take care of these pieces of history.  Preservation Burlington, one of those local groups, is hosting an informational meeting set for Saturday.  They'll explain and show you the best way to help care for the grounds and historic headstones.

"Cemeteries really are the original parks.  They are the first kind of public spaces people interacted with.  They do have solemn and real deep meaning particular for families and individuals, but they are great markers for everything that's happened in our communities over the years," explained Jesse Bridges, Director of Burlington's Parks Department.

The Greenmount restoration meeting is set to run from 2:00 to 3:30 Saturday.  It'll take place at the Fletcher Free Library.  Volunteers are encouraged to check it out!

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