Stones and Bones, where can they be? — The mystery of Vernon’s Vanished Cemetery, Part IV

By Barbara Emery Moseley

Click here for the full series on the vanished Polly Lee Cemetery and the Peeler and Lee families.

In the annual accounting of the Polly Lee Cemetery Fund in a Town Report of the 1920s, the words read “Perpetual care for Eli Lee and Marshall Lee.”

Eli Lee built his house on the hill at the end of West Road, about where the Merritt Farm is today. He remarked that only three letters were needed to spell his full name. He married Rebecca Stebbins, and their son Marshall was one of a large, talented family.

Eli lived through the administrations of all the presidents from George Washington to Chester Arthur, and first voted at the presidential election of 1808, when Madison was elected. He voted at every following election, the last being in 1880, when he was the first to deposit his vote in the ballot box.

Although never seeking office, he was often chosen to fill the town positions of lister, selectman, and justice of the peace. From 1830 to 1848, he was sent to the Legislature, until he declined the nomination, saying others were more worthy to fill it.

It would seem that the Polly Lee cemetery would have been filled with the large families of the Peelers and Lees. It appears that the “overflow” of Lees became buried in the Tyler Cemetery on Pond Road, at some point.

You will hear more about one member of the talented family; you have met him before.

Cold Brook General Store and Ice Cream coming to Vernon in November

Vernon has been without a store of any kind since the closing of the Schoolhouse Grocery several years ago, but a pair of entrepreneurs is planning to fill that void.

Cold Brook General Store and Ice Cream is now under construction at 67 Governor Hunt Road, just south of Nesbit’s Portside Tavern. The goal is to open by mid-November.

The store’s owner is Tim Forrett, and Dana Macaluso will serve as business manager. Current plans are to be open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The store will feature Wilcox hard ice cream in various flavors, with soft serve to be added at a future date. The store will carry a variety of groceries and everyday needs like milk, bread, butter and eggs. There will be some food-to-go items, and potentially in the future beer and wine will be added.

Keep an eye on the construction now going on. Dana and Tim plan to start up slow and build up, and welcome suggestions as to what customers would like to see at the store. Right now there are no job opportunities, but that could change, depending on the need.


Jeff Dunklee’s statement on Charlottesville

At the Selectboard meeting on August 22, 2017, board member Jeff Dunklee presented an eloquent and heartfelt statement on recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Watch here on BCTV’s video, or scroll down for the text of the statement.

“In Charlottesville Virginia, the weekend before last what started, ostensibly, as a protest against the removal of a statue resulted in violence between right-wing protestors and counter-protestors … and has since become a nationwide debate causing us to look anew at ourselves, our prejudices and perceived symbols of those prejudices.

“I must believe that there is little tolerance in our society, and especially in Vernon, for the vile, hateful extremism displayed in Charlottesville. There can be no moral ambiguity about the evil that white supremacy groups like the Neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan represent.

“Throughout our nation’s history, too many men and women… better men and women than ourselves… have sacrificed all in the struggle against the worst depths that humanity can fall to. They fought against oppression, intolerance, and persecution… so that we may live and think freely. We take for granted their sacrifices if we come to tolerate that which is repulsive.

“Our society has become so politically polarized … that we no longer recognize the many things we agree upon … ideas that must draw us together for our mutual survival as human beings. We too often amplify our differences and our disagreements while disrespecting and belittling each other’s beliefs and opinions

“Moderates – from center left to center right – can no longer allow extreme violent ideologies to flourish unchecked in our communities, in our nation or in our world. Terrorism, no matter its source, is abhorrent whether it is used as a tool to effect political change or as a threat to maintain power. The systematic use of coercion, intimidation, threatening behavior, and violence to achieve political goals must be condemned by those who wish to live in accordance with accepted standards of morality and righteousness.

“I wish for my child and, God willing, my grandchildren to grow up in a land where people will not be judged or persecuted by their appearance, their gender, their faith, or whom they choose to love…. A place where support for basic human rights is commonplace and where respect for human dignity is a given and not a dream.”

Jeff Dunklee

Vernon, Vermont

August 22, 2017

Selectboard meeting, August 22, 2017

Here is BCTV’s video of the Selectboard meeting held on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Town Office Building. Click here for the posted agenda of this meeting. Scroll below the video for time-stamped agenda. Minutes will be posted here when available.

Vernon business to assist international Monarch Butterfly conservation group

International monarch butterfly conservation group, Forests For Monarchs (FFM), is pleased to announce the appointment of Vermont Woods Studios founder, Peggy Farabaugh as Vice President of the Board of Directors.  

Forests For Monarchs (also known as the LaCruz Habitat Protection Project, LCHPP) is dedicated to protecting the monarch butterfly by reforesting the land surrounding Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, as well as educating local communities on sustainable forestry practices.

Vermont Woods Studios is an online retailer of handmade wood furniture. It was created in 2005 out of a concern for forest conservation. The company mission is to provide Vermont-made, sustainable furniture as an alternative to mass-produced furniture which is often made from  illegally harvested wood taken from the world’s rapidly disappearing rainforests. (more…)

Stones and Bones, where can they be? — The mystery of Vernon’s Vanished Cemetery, Part III

By Barbara Emery Moseley

Click here for the full series on the vanished Polly Lee Cemetery and the Peeler and Lee families

John and Polly (Peeler) Lee’s son George Washington Lee was, like his father, an accomplished builder/carpenter. At least one example of his skill remains in town. It is the Pond Road Chapel, built on land he owned. Funds were raised by subscription, and it cost about one thousand dollars. Completed in 1860 for the then recently organized congregation of Advent Christians, its architectural style is a modified Greek Revival, popular at the time.

Pond Road was then called the South Road, or City Road, and was a narrow dirt road, as they all were, throughout the town. In that year, Vernon’s population was 725, it had seven schools, 43 dogs, two churches and one Agricultural Library, which was purchased by 21 members at a cost of $105.

The Chapel succeeded Vernon’s first meeting house, a large two-story structure located on a bluff overlooking the river (above the location of the current Town Tomb). Built for the use of the Congregationalists and Baptists, it was used for Town Meetings as well. (more…)

Selectboard meeting, August 1, 2017

Here is the Brattleboro Community Television video of the Selectboard meeting held on August 1, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Of note: there was a presentation at this meeting by the Sheriff’s Department on the subject of burglaries, followed by discussion with residents. Scroll down for the time-stamped agenda. Click here for the draft minutes of this meeting. Click here to download a PDF of the Sheriff’s presentation.

Call to Order, Pledge of Allegiance

00:24 – Additions to Agenda

00:46 – Chair’s Remarks

00:59 – Open Public Comments (non-agenda items)

01:08 – Treasurer – Set Tax Rate

04:34 – Sheriff Dept – Update and Public Participation

1:08:22 – Approval of Minutes

1:10:10 – Treasurer’s Report

1:11:55 – New Business: Dept of Public safety – Advance Notice to Proceed – EOC Grant

1:12:56 – Old Business: Approval of Salvage Yard

1:27:56 – CDL Policy Change

1:29:05 – Public Participation

1:29:12 – Correspondence

1:30:23 – Town Administrator’s Report

1:31:49 – Upcoming Meeting Schedule