Locals make mark on Shelburne history Oct. 25; Shelburnites take first graveyard tour

Cemetary-Tour-1Two dozen people attended a tour of the Village Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 25 led by Shelburne Historical Society members Judy Frazer, Dorothea Penar, and David Webster. Although brisk, the day was sunny and beautiful. According to Frazer, attendees made their mark on history by being the first to embark on a tour of this kind.

Those who toured the Village Cemetery may have noticed that some of the tombstones for the prominent Pierson family read “Peirson.” Frazer postulates that the misspelling occurred either because the stonecutters couldn’t read the handwriting detailing the desired engraving, or they spelled it based on pronunciation. This is just one of the many interesting stories that tour attendees learned on Saturday.

A discussion and exhibition of historic photographs on Friday, Oct 24 launched the Historical Society’s campaign to bring history to life through the town’s cemetery. The photographs and information presented will be exhibited at the Shelburne Town Offices and remain on display for an indefinite period. Cemetery-10