Walk through the cemeteries of Vermont | Weekend magazine


When Daniel Barlow walks through a cemetery, he sees more than a pile of headstones. With wide gazes, he can guess what the community was like over the generations. By the size and type of stone used, he can read the general wealth of the city he is visiting. And then, by taking a closer look at the stones themselves, Barlow can examine the epithets and symbolism and tell you a lot about the people buried there.

Barlow’s fascination has been with him throughout his life, from the early days when he grew up near scenic Hollis, New Hampshire, and saw the local cemetery, which was nestled off the quintessential Main Street, filled tombs – some featuring creepy carvings, including a winged skull (called a “death’s head”) that caught his eye.


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