snoots75 - Proctor, Vermont
Oct. 24th, 2010
04:02 pm - Proctor, Vermont
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
where I asked for directions to my next stop, and then after a short walk found myself at the old Proctor mansion
and right there on the lawn is the grave of Old Charley, Governor/Senator/Secretary of War Redfield Proctor's Civil War horse!
nice photo from 1922 book about Proctor
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
Proctor has a very nice bridge downtown built of marble
the view from each side of the bridge
I walked across the bridge and across this bridge
over the train tracks
and was in "downtown", which there's not much there really. Up on the hill, the Union church
The post office & I'm not sure what else is in this building
Next to that, the fire dept.
Town offices, but a long time ago this was a school
View back up the street
Across from all these buildings is a very nice little park
I sat at one of these tables
and had my lunch I brought with me
behind me was this war monument. It lists all the Proctor people who have died in wars from WWI to the present wars
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
and then went inside
Here is a link to their website
I didn't take too many pictures, but here are a few
The Hall of Presidents
and just a few of the Presidents (including Vermont's two, of course!)
Some plaster models & various work tools
Different military headstones they produce
There was an exhibit on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (work of the VT Marble Co.)
Mostly it was just photographs
here is a close up of one
and the original blue print of the tomb
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.
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
and across the street, St Dominics Cemetery
I thought this was a good picture, I was standing towards the back
I didn't spend too long there, but this was by far my favorite gravestone I saw there
Next I headed next door to South Street Cemetery in search of photo requests & Civil War veterans
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.
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
The Partridge plot, including Frank Partridge, a diplomat & very briefly serving US Senator
a few other random stones
Lots of these little stones, bearing mostly foreign sounding names
and a couple other views
standing at the back, you can see the Proctor mausoleum in the distance
Making a separate post for Riverside Cemetery cos I did the whole thing!