Cemetery Quest

 

Photograph by John Miller

Cemetery Quest

Head up the road towards the big white church.

Look both ways, then cross the Hinman Road,

The first road built through Orleans County,

The path of early settlers, with teams of oxen pulling the load.

 

The Brownington Congregational Church was built in 1841.

Look left to find the gate under the trees,

And your adventure’s just begun.

 

Take six steps and then look down,

The plant at your feet covers the ground.

Its name rhymes with Yertle the Turtle,

With dark shiny leaves, it is called Myrtle.

 

Look up from the patch of myrtle,

Count 16 paces without a hurtle,

Find the grave of H. N. Nichols

Look at the numbers; solve your pickle

Born’22 died’99

Double digits all his time

A ripe old age of 77

I’m sure he watches us from heaven.

 

Down five paces from ol’ Double Digit,

Was a man who did not fidget.

Against the British forces he fought,

No, this man could never be bought.

 

His slate is no longer upright,

But the design is still a nice sight.

Subtract the age from the year—

Guess what! He is the earliest birth here!

 

Head toward the left toward the Old Stone House,

Where two lidded stones stand.

There Reverend A.L. Twilight,

And his love Mercy L. Merrill,

Watch over the dormitory on their land.

 

 From the Twilights’ graves face around,

And travel to a little mound,

Where the Baxter family tomb is found,

It’s the only tomb to be found around.

Walk back towards the road to find the stone,

Marked by a flag, but the man is gone,

The Civil War took him to Tennessee,

Where he died and they buried his poor body.

 

Go back to the maple tree

Near the tomb of the Baxter family,

There you will find a gravestone quite gray,

Of a man who died in a horrible way,

 

He fought bravely for his country,

Although split at the time,

Tell me how he died and where,

 I’m sure you’ll do fine.

 

How:_____________________________

 

Where: _____________________________

 

Walk three paces to the right.

You will find a tall tomb

Pull back the bushes from all four sides

And read the names of many children who died.

 

You will find the year of the earliest death.

When?__________________

 

Next peer down at your feet

And you will find what you’ve been searching for.

 

Place your stamp below.