Location: Cavendish Historical Society Museum
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The Cavendish Historical Society will hold its annual cemetery tour on Sunday, October 12 at 2 pm. Thanks to the efforts of Kem and Svetlana Phillips, the gravestones were cleaned this summer so it’s possible to read the inscriptions of such former Cavendish residents as Tarbell and Chubb. Along with the private burial plot of the Coffeen family, this is the oldest cemetery in Cavendish and contains the graves of a number of Revolutionary soldiers and first settlers.
Many of the grave markers are made of slate and show the funerary art of the late 1700s and early 1800s. Urn images decorate a number of markers, which emphasized the mourning of those left behind. Weeping willow trees were another popular image and again focused on the mourning and sadness of those left behind.
This is a free event and suitable for old ages. Tour participants should meet at the Museum at 2 pm in order to car pool to the cemetery. Be prepared for a short hike up a hill. This is also the last day the Museum will be open-2-4pm- for the summer season.
Please note that rubbings are not allowed at this cemetery due to the condition of the stones.