Stratton Magazine Fall 2017 - Page 105

Among all classes of society, people visited these “modern” cemeteries, which were being professionally landscaped all throughout the nation, and which were then a total novelty. Men, women, and children went to Dellwood for picnics and garden parties, of a sort. broad daylight. But Dellwood Cemetery is and always has been superbly cared for, and it is so picturesque, so peaceful, and so like Paradise, that it belies its mournful purpose as a colony of the dead. At times it has been one of the most popular attractions in the village. Throughout the late 1800s and well into the 20th century, Manchester residents regularly brought their friends and guests to Dellwood to show off the cemetery as a matter of civic pride, a place equally as prized as a scenic public park, an exotic zoo, or a fancy opera house. Among all classes of society, people visited these “modern” cemeteries, which were being professionally landscaped all throughout the nation, and which were then a total novelty. Men, women, and children went to Dellwood for picnics and garden parties, of a sort. In spring, on Decoration Day, and on nice summer days, people merrily gathered to plant masses of flowers in the huge, cast-iron urns (which are still there) and to beautify the graves. They lingered on to chat and relax a bit amidst the family’s monuments, as well as to enjoy the beautiful panoramic view toward the mountains beyond. No one thought the place was even the slightest bit spooky because, well, it wasn’t. Now, if you had to pick the one possibly ill-omened spot in all of Dellwood Cemetery, it would have to be the Receiving Vault built in 1867. To find it, walk toward the south side of the knoll where the oldest graves are and look for the dark green Civil War cannons—you will see just the barrels of CASELLA OFFERS COMPLETE WASTE & RECYCLING SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR HOME, BUSINESS, SCHOOL, OR TOWN • Zero-Sort® Recycling • Residential & Commercial Service • Convenient Curbside Pickup • Trash & Recycling Compactors • Easy Dumpster Rentals • Free Business Waste Analysis CURBSIDE TRASH & RECYCLING COMMERCIAL TRASH & RECYCLING EASY & CONVENIENT DUMPSTER RENTALS 802-362-4082 casella.com • fb.com/ZeroSort Proudly Serving our Local Communities since 1975 Your Mobile Wallet is Here We have the banking technology you want. Carry your digital debit card on your phone, tablet or smartwatch! Get the app and load in your debit card today. 10 0 s 1917 ~ 2 017 TheBankofBennington.com/Wallet Bennington Manchester Arlington Rutland 802-442-8121 802-362-4760 802-375-2319 802-774-5017 Your money stays here, works here, and that makes a difference. WATER / SMOKE / MOLD / DUCT Fire & Water • Cleanup & Restoration ™ Mold Remediation ՍЁ )MIYAI? ѽIѱ չѥ(ȴԴ)ܹ͕ɽѽѱչѥ̹)%ѱ=ݹ=Ʌѕ)1Ёٕȁٕ )10ȀĀ܀Ā