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Oct. 24th, 2010

04:02 pm - Proctor, Vermont

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On October 13 I hopped on the bus for an all day adventure in the nearby town of Proctor. My first stop was Riverside Cemetery, but I'll make a separate post about that.

After Riverside, I headed for town.

First stop was the library, where I found this plaque on a rock out front

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the library
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where I asked for directions to my next stop, and then after a short walk found myself at the old Proctor mansion

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and right there on the lawn is the grave of Old Charley, Governor/Senator/Secretary of War Redfield Proctor's Civil War horse!
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nice photo from 1922 book about Proctor
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That's the 2nd Civil War horse I've found up here!
A short walk back in the direction from which I came, I found a really old mile sign that told me it was 6 miles back to Rutland
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Proctor has a very nice bridge downtown built of marble
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the view from each side of the bridge
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I walked across the bridge and across this bridge
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over the train tracks
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and was in "downtown", which there's not much there really. Up on the hill, the Union church
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The post office & I'm not sure what else is in this building
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Next to that, the fire dept.
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OMYA
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Town offices, but a long time ago this was a school
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View back up the street
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Across from all these buildings is a very nice little park
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I sat at one of these tables
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and had my lunch I brought with me
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behind me was this war monument. It lists all the Proctor people who have died in wars from WWI to the present wars
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After lunch I headed over to the Vermont Marble Museum on the other side of the park, stopping first to take a picture of this sign by the parking lot
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and then went inside
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Here is a link to their website
http://www.vermont-marble.com/index.php

I didn't take too many pictures, but here are a few
The Hall of Presidents
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and just a few of the Presidents (including Vermont's two, of course!)
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Some plaster models & various work tools
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Different military headstones they produce
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There was an exhibit on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (work of the VT Marble Co.)
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Mostly it was just photographs
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here is a close up of one
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and the original blue print of the tomb
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I also watched a brief 15 minute movie about the Tomb which told a little history & showing the changing of the guards.

Back outside, another building I'm guessing is somehow related to the VT Marble Co. that is across the street.

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From there, I walked back from the direction I came, back over the railroad tracks, back over the marble bridge and up South Street to the 2 cemeteries side by side there.

St Dominics Catholic Church, built in the 1920s
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and across the street, St Dominics Cemetery
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I thought this was a good picture, I was standing towards the back
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I didn't spend too long there, but this was by far my favorite gravestone I saw there
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Next I headed next door to South Street Cemetery in search of photo requests & Civil War veterans
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The Proctor family plot & mausoleum. 4 Vermont Governors are here (father, 2 sons & grandson) & of course this is also who the town is named after.
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It's pretty impressive. There's some sort of mesh screen stuff over the glass so I could barely make out the inside (room for 6) & definitely couldn't get a clear photo. It was nice though.

This lady was the sister of First Lady Lucretia Garfield
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The Partridge plot, including Frank Partridge, a diplomat & very briefly serving US Senator

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a few other random stones
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Lots of these little stones, bearing mostly foreign sounding names
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and a couple other views
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standing at the back, you can see the Proctor mausoleum in the distance
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Making a separate post for Riverside Cemetery cos I did the whole thing!

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