Tales from the Whithed Cemetery — Part II

Julius O. Frost

By Barbara Emery Moseley

Unlike the Polly Lee Cemetery, which has been “lost” (as described in our previous series, Stones and Bones), the Whithed Cemetery remains intact. It is located on Fort Bridgman Road (Route 142) near the intersection with Newton Road, about opposite 3413 Fort Bridgman Rd.

A pair of granite posts engraved with the name Whithed Cemetery mark its entrance. Most of the stones bear the Whithed name, including a large monument honoring Mr. Gad Whithed, who died June 24, 1850, aged 83 years. In the far corner, toward Route 142, are several stones bearing the Frost name.

Most imposing is a large polished granite monument near the entrance. Its inscription reads “Julius O. Frost, son of Jesse and Sophia Frost, died October 12, 1913, aged 73 years.” Beneath his name is inscribed “Ellen Morris Hunt Hubbard” (who was the daughter of Civil War Col. John and Leonora Hunt). The line beneath promises “gone but not forgotten.”

Therein lies a love story. “J.O.,” as he was referred to locally, was probably the richest man in Vernon; Ellen Morris Hunt Hubbard was probably the most beautiful. It was said that J.O. had a full-length portrait painted, showing her in a purple velvet gown. (more…)

Vernon artists: Be featured in Vernon’s Annual Report!

The Vernon Annual Report typically features a “theme” that highlights some of the wonderful attributes or individuals from this beautiful town. This year we would like to highlight the artistic talent that resides and does business in Vernon by recognizing as many local artisans as possible. If you are an artist, selling, or displaying your work to the public, please send a photo of you working, your storefront or your work plus a small description of what you do and how to find you. We will do our best to include as many as possible in the town report. All inclusions will dependent upon space availability.

There are no guarantees that your work will be featured, but we will do our best to accommodate everyone that takes the time to submit their information.

Submit photos and information electronically to Michelle Pong, Town Administrator, VernonTA@VernonVT.org

Vernon Free Library news, December 2017


  • Monday 1-6pm
  • Tuesday 9-noon & 1-6
  • Wednesday 1-6pm
  • Thursday 1-6pm
  • Friday – CLOSED
  • Saturday 9-12 noon

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS: Closed for Christmas, Sat. Dec. 23 and Mon., Dec. 25; Closed for New Year’s, Sat. Dec. 30 and Mon., Jan. 1.


  • Coloring Club – Every Monday @ 1pm
  • Cribbage Club – Every Wednesday @ 11am
  • Knitting Group – Every Wednesday 1-2pm
  • Reading Group – 2nd Thursday of the month @ 5pm
  • Rhyme Time – Every Monday @ 10:30 am for ages 0 to 3 yrs. & siblings

Need some inspiration for gift making? Or perhaps a fun holiday read?

Check out the library display of Christmas crafts and holiday books! (more…)

December 2017 news from Vernon’s churches

Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church

Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 1002 Fort Bridgman Road, Vernon, VT, meets every Saturday at 9:30 AM for Sabbath School classes for all ages. Church service begins at 11:00 AM. All are welcome. The church building is handicapped accessible. A fellowship meal is provided after the church service.

Prayer Meeting is held on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM at the home of Paul and Mary Miller (5 Tyler Hill Road in Vernon). For more information, call 802-254-9464.

The fifth and final installment of the “500” documentary series will be shown on Friday December 1 at 7:00 PM at the church. We’ll be showing “Tell It To the World” and “Finishing the Reformation.” If you were unable to attend the “500” series, you can watch the episodes online at https://www1.itiswritten.com/500-2/ . This is the Christian television event of the year – so be sure you don’t miss out!

Mark your calendar! On Saturday night December 23 at 5:30 PM, Mountain View will be hosting our First Annual Live Nativity! Join us for a reenactment of the wonderful Christmas story – complete with live animals, costumed Bible characters and narration. Immediately following the Live Nativity, we will be having a Christmas party. This event is free and all are welcome!

Starting Friday nights in January 2018, we will be holding a Prophecy Studies vespers. All are welcome to attend.

The Depression/Anxiety Recovery Seminar series will begin Monday January 29. There will be two sessions a week for eight weeks. More information to come.

We recently launched a new church website! The link is http://www.mvsdachurch.com  – please bookmark it and check back often for new events and information! The website has been optimized for both desktop and mobile browsing. Please check out the various pages and ministries so that you can take advantage of the free resources we have available!

Follow us on social media to learn more about upcoming events and other news! InstagramFacebookTwitterYouTube channel.Website.

Contact information:
Email: info@mvsdachurch.com Church phone: 802-254-5088 (Saturdays only).
Pastor Art Miller: 802-490-0751 (cell) and 802-254-4477 (home); email: artjudymiller@icloud.com.

Vernon Union Church

Vernon Union Church, located at 2631 Fort Bridgman Road (next to Vernon Hall), Vernon, VT. Meets every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for morning worship, followed by a social hour. During November, there will be guest preachers, to be arranged — check sign board outside the church. Childcare is available. The church is fully handicapped accessible. Church phone: 802-257-8523. Email: vuch@vernonunion.comcastbiz.net.

Advent Christian Church

Advent Christian Church, located at 4554 Fort Bridgman Road at the VT/MA state line, meets every Sunday at 9:15 am for Sunday School classes for all ages. Morning worship begins at 10:30 a.m. and Youth Group and Intercessory Prayer meet at 6:00 p.m. Adult Bible study begins every Wednesday at 6:30 pm at the church and other Bible study meetings are held throughout the week. The building is handicapped accessible. Church Phone: 802-257-2341 or 413-498-4458. Senior Pastor: Rev. Bruce C. Burks, Associate Pastor, Rev. Derek Irvine; email: pastorbruce@vernonadventchristianchurch.com. Website:  www.vernonadventchristianchurch.com and FaceBook.  Detailed Calendar of Events for November.

Special December events: 

The Vernon Advent Christian Church will host a Community Christmas Dinner on December 2nd at 6 PM. All are welcome, but it would be helpful if you RSVP to 802-257-2341 by November 28.
On Christmas Eve, December 24th, at 6:30 PM, we will host a Carol & Candlelight Service, to which all are welcome. Christmas School for children K-6 grade on Saturday, December 9, 2017, from 9AM-12PM. Any questions, please call 802-257-2341

December news from the Vernon Trailbreakers Snowmobile Club

News from the Vernon Trailbreakers Snowmobile Club

Chris Parro has sold his business on Putney Road and we will no longer be doing VAST or Club business there. We will have Registration Renewals and TMA*s at the Town Clerk’s office during their regular hour 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, but NEW Registrations will have to go through the DMV at this time. TMAs will be available along with club memberships on line. TMAs and club memberships are also available through our Treasurer, Jeremy Murray.

Please be sure to state you want to be a VERNON TRAILBREAKER when you do your TMA. That’s how we get the revenue to run the club.

*TMA=Trails Maintenance Assessment

Selectboard meeting, November 21, 2017

Here’s BCTV’s video of the November 21, 2017 Selectboard meeting. Scroll down for time-stamped agenda. Click here for the minutes of this meeting.

Call to Order
00:25 – Additions to Agenda
01:25 – Chair’s Remarks
01:43 – Open Public Comments
01:50 – Department Reports
01:52 – Approval of Minutes
02:23 – Treasurer’s Report: Bills and Warrants
03:07 – New Business: Black Gum Swamp Class 1 Designation request
05:06 – New Business: Town Credit Card for Town Administrator
05:35 – New Business: Town Office Selling VAST registration and Snowmobile Club memberships
06:14 – New Business: American Flags on Vernon Roads
06:46 – New Business: Elderly Assistance Requet
09:28 – Old Business: Property Tax Adjustment Late Filing Penalty Waiver Request
10:07 – Public Participation
10:22 – Correspondence
10:28 – Town Administrator’s Report
10:33 – Upcoming Meeting Schedule

Town receives grant for Village Center development planning

The Town of Vernon has been selected to receive a 2018 Municipal Planning Grant from the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development, it was announced yesterday by Katie Buckley, Commissioner of the department.

The purpose of the grant is to support the process of developing the area designated by the state as a Vermont Village Center earlier this year. The designated area includes the Town Office building, the elementary school, the Governor Hunt House, a number of residential properties and some undeveloped land.

In congratulating the town for receiving the grant, Buckley (who lives in Guilford) said: “Vernon is undergoing a transformation unlike any other Vermont town. From my perch as neighbor and state official, it is so exciting to watch your local leadership and broader community embrace change with a clear vision and positive approach.”

The town, in partnership with the non-profit organization Friends of Vernon Center, will use the grant to prepare a conceptual master plan, including a detailed action plan to bring new businesses, homes and vitality to the village.

The state’s grant is for $20,000, which will be matched with $4,000 from the Friends of Vernon Center, and $2,000 from the budget of the town’s Planning and Economic Development Commission, for a total project cost of $26,000.

According to Buckley, this planning round was competitive, with 50 proposals requesting over $600,000 from towns and cities across the state for funding to improve their communities. Grants totaling $464,920 were awarded to 37 projects.  (Click here for additional details on all of the funded projects.)

After grant paperwork is completed in December, the Town and the Friends will  begin finding and engaging planning consultants. As part of the process, there will be community meetings for residents to provide input on the types of development to be pursued in and near the Village Center area.