~ Elaine Giacomo John Sandri in the treetops [...]
In 1864, Jonathan Whittier moved with his family into a 60-year-old farmhouse in the southwest corner of Stoddard. In late December of 1876 the family was running low on supplies. A storm was threatening, but Whittier felt that he could walk to the Munsonville store and post office, some 3 miles distant, to get supplies and the family’s mail before the storm arrived.
When I was a child, cemeteries always held a sense of somber grandeur to me. Today, as an adult on the far side of childhood, I live in Nelson, and I am privileged to know many of the stories associated with the people buried in our graveyards. I am also fortunate to serve as the chair of the Nelson Cemetery Board as we take the first steps toward building a new cemetery for the town.
Anyone who has visited any of the Nelson or Munsonville cemeteries appreciates these historic and beautiful treasures. The feeling of peace and serenity is palpable, and reading the headstone of residents who lived here more than 200 years ago is a humbling experience.