Cemeteries

Cabot has seven formal cemeteries. In 1799, land was set aside for the first cemetery. Earlier burials were at home. Later, most burials were in cemeteries. It is neither unusual nor illegal to have home burials in Vermont. Cremation is increasingly common; ashes may be scattered without recording a location.
Maps to help find cemetery plots are at the bottom of this page.

CENTER OF TOWN1799, 1 acre given by William Osgood.  84 known burials. Closed  1846.

First buried, William Osgood, in 1801;

Samuel Whittle, Jr. buried in the lower corner, outside regular boundary, 1809;

Squire James Morse, first Justice of the Peace, buried 1812;

Cabot’s first school teacher, Joseph Smith, buried 1814;

Fifield Lyford was the last buried there.
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Center of Town Burials
Directions:  From Cabot Village, take Danville Hill Rd. (behind the Common) to the four corners, Menard Rd. on the left, Old Center Road on the right. Turn right through the field. There is parking space just past the tree line. Walk downhill, following the trail to the cemetery. Uphill is the site of the first meeting house and pound. When leaving, if you turn right and continue up Danville Hill Rd. you come out on Rte. 2, in East Cabot, south of East Cabot Cemetery and north of South Cabot Cemetery. East on Rte. 2 lies Joe's Pond, W. Danville, Danville, and St. Johnsbury. West are Marshfield, Plainfield, E. Montpelier, Barre and Montpelier.

      

DURANT CEMETERY, Lower Cabot – 1813, on the banks of  the Winooski River, given by Elihu Coburn and Col. John Stone. Each gave one-quarter acre. John T. Durant deeded additional land, north of the original half acre, in 1894.

Jennie (Gould) and her husband, B. L. "Budd" Bruce, with neighbors, developed the Sunken Garden, dedicated on August 20, 1931; it was restored and rededicated in 1993.  Plaque installed at the Sunken Garden in 2003.  This cemetery is still in use.

Directions:  On the east side of Rte. 215, between Marshfield and Lower Cabot, about two miles south of Cabot Village. 

 

KIMBALL CEMETERY - 1814, had 19 known graves. They were moved about a mile west, to West Hill Cemetery, on land donated by David Lyford and John Edgerton.

Directions:  No longer there; it was on what is now Churchill Rd.


WEST HILL burying ground, a gift from David Lyford and John Edgerton, was laid out in 1817, during the time old people called "the great sickness." Mr Edgerton repeated the lines, "Yet living men come view the ground where you must shortly lie." His was the first burial.  Still used.

Directions:  From Cabot Village, go south on Main Street to Elm Street on the right. If coming north, from Rte. 2 in Marshfield, Elm Street is on the left, just past the Cabot Creamery. Go to the end of Elm Street (the Village Cemetery is directly in front of you), turn right onto Bothfeld Hill Rd.   This is a steep, winding dirt road. At top of the hill is Bothfeld's Dunstable Farms. The cemetery is directly opposite Dunstable Farms, on the left. You can continue on this road, past West Hill one-room schoolhouse on the right, at the 4 corners at West Hill Pond. Follow West Hill Pond Road back to Rte. 215, in Lower Cabot.


VILLAGE CEMETERY – 1820, on one-half acre. donated by John W. Dana.  Later enlarged to one acre.

In 1865, T. H. Lance opened private cemetery for sale of lots, adjoined original cemetery. In 1905, J. T. Lamson deeded a parcel of land to the town, that had been an apple orchard, after removing the trees. The two parcels were combined.

There is a water fountain donated by E. W. Paige, and a lovely iron fence around this cemetery. There is also a vault which has not been used for many years. Additional land on a hillside immediately west of the present cemetery lots was donated in recent years, to extend the cemetery.


Seraphine Crosby Wiswell, wife of Dr. Sherburne L.Wiswell, was a prominent figure in the early years of Cabot.  Mrs. Wiswell declared to her family that she would have the largest monument in the Village Cemetery. She ordered a monument that needed seven horses to haul it from the stone sheds in Barre, where it was carved. (Photo by Will Walters.) 

Directions:  From Marshfield, on Rte. 215 heading north, take Elm Street, a left turn just past the Cabot Creamery. From Walden, south on Rte. 215, go right at Elm Street, a few rods after the business district.  Go to the end of Elm Street and the cemetery drive is straight ahead and the fence to your left, at the junction with Bothfeld Hill Rd.

   



PLAINS CEMETERY – 1825, on land donated by Alpheus Bartlett. In the late 1900's, Richard Spaulding donated more land for this cemetery.

A few gravestones, belonging to the Covell family, have dates of death before 1825. According to records, Alvira Covell was the first buried there, but there is no headstone for her. In the Covell lot are Lois, who died Nov. 13, 1822, Solomon, her son, who died May 1, 1823, and a plain marker which could be Alvira's. Lois's husband, Phillip, is apparently not buried there. Cabot Plains Burials


This small cemetery is on the Bayley-Hazen Road

It is still used. It has a spectacular view of surrounding mountains, including Camel's Hump, the Worcester Range, Mt. Mansfield, Jay Peak in Vermont, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Pictured at left, looking west across Cabot Plains Road towards Camel's Hump and the Worcester Range. 

Directions:  From Cabot Village, drive north on Rte. 215, straight out of the village, about two miles to Cabot Plains Rd, a right turn. Follow this dirt road, past the restored Walbridge one-room schoolhouse, on the right, to the top of the hill. The cemetery is on your left, across the road from Foster's Covered Bridge. If you approach from Rte. 2 in West Danville, make a right turn onto West Shore Rd., just past the public fishing access at Joe's Pond. Go straight about two miles, then bear left onto Cabot Plains Road. If you continue straight on Brickett's Crossing Rd., you come out on Rte. 215, in Walden Heights. Follow Cabot Plains Road, bearing right, past the intersection with Bolton Rd., on the left at Cabot Plains one-room schoolhouse. The cemetery is at the top of the ridge on your right at the "T" with Dubray Rd., on your left. Bear right.  You'll see spectacular panoramic views of the White Mountains in the east, Jay Peak and Canada north, Woodbury quarries, Camel's Hump, and Mt. Mansfield to the west.


SOUTH CABOT - 1834, on land donated by Moses Clark.  The first to be buried there was his six-month-old son, Reuben, who died March 11, 1834. Moses was laid to rest there in 1889, having outlived three wives, also buried there.  This small cemetery is still used.

Directions:  From Rte. 2,  a right turn onto Houghton Rd. if you are driving east. Driving west take a left turn about a half mile from Goodrich's Maple Farm.  The cemetery is on the left about a mile up Houghton Rd. Continue on that road to the Covenant Hills Camp on the right.  Continuing on this road will take you to Mack Mountain Rd. and Peacham, if you turn right, East Cabot, if you turn left.


EAST CABOT - 1847, on land donated by George Rogers. Later two small parcels were added,  sold to the town by S. E. Houghton - the first, in 1899, for $20.50. The second was in 1911,  50 square feet, for which the town paid $50. This small cemetery is still used.

Directions:  From Cabot Village, take Danville Hill Road to Rte. 2, turn left to Mack Mountain Rd., on the right. If you are coming from St. Johnsbury, driving west, Mack Mountain Rd. is just past Molly's Pond, on your left. East Cabot school, now a private residence, is on the corner. Immediately past it is the cemetery. Continuing on Mack Mountain Rd., will bring you to Peacham. If you are coming from Montpelier, turn right on Mack Mountain Rd., about half a mile past Goodrich's Maple Farm. East Cabot Burials

All cemeteries are small, excepting Durant and the Village Cemetery. For help, see  links below, e-mail cabothistorical@gmail.com, or go to Cabot town offices, in the Willey Building, 3084 Main Street, during business hours. Road maps that show Vermont cemeteries.
Burials at the Center, Plains, and East cemeteries, at this Link. 

 EXISTING CEMETERIES          CEMETERY MAPS    SEARCH BY NAME

Center – 1799-1846  (Inactive) Center Cemetery Map

    Center Cemetery Names

Kimball – 1814  (Moved)

Durant – 1817  (Active)                Durant Cemetery Map

West Hill – 1817  (Active)           West Hill Cemetery Names

Village – 1820  (Active)               Village Cemetery Map 

Plains – 1825  (Active)                 Plains Cemetery Map

South – 1834  (Active)                 South Cemetery Map

East – 1847  (Active)                     East Cabot Cemetery Map

Death in Early Cabot        

Epitaphs, Cabot Cemeteries