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New Haven, Vermont: Grave with a Window

Small square of glass in the ground that leads straight down to the face of long-dead Timothy Clark Smith, who feared being buried alive.

Evergreen Cemetery

Town Hill Rd, New Haven, VT
A mile or two south on Town Hill Road from New Haven, in Evergreen Cemetery on the left. The grave sits on a big mound in the front.
Gates open daily 7am-8pm Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Grave with a Window

This was really cool. Couldn't necessarily discern anyone at the bottom, but with a flashlight sitting on the glass and your face really close, you could see down to the dirt or what not. Worth a peek just for the oddity!

[Claudia, 08/07/2012]

Timothy Clark Smith supposedly died on February 25, 1893. He's probably definitely dead by now.

Grave window.

Grave With a Window

Wow...weird. Directions from the earlier posting got us right to the cemetery. The grave is flat on the ground on top of a small hill towards the road. The story behind it: the man buried in the grave was extremely scared of the dark and being buried alive. So he requested a window in his grave, so he could be found or at least have some light in the event of being buried alive. This was quite a sight to see.

[Jen, 08/24/2007]

Fogged window of the grave.

Grave with a Window

My husband wanted to see the Grave with a Window after seeing it listed on RA. How creepy! Couldn't really see anything, though. The glass was moldy and wet-looking.

[Lisa, 07/03/2007]
Grave with a Window

The grave of Timothy Clark Smith in the Evergreen Cemetery has a window on it. Timothy was afraid of being buried alive, so he had a special grave built for him when he passed away in 1893. A cement tube leads down to Mr. Smith's face. On top of is a 14x14 inch square piece of glass so he could see up above ground if he was mistaken to be dead. A bell was placed in his hand so he could ring it and hope someone would hear it and let him out. Pretty creepy and cool if ya ask me.

[Tyler, 04/05/2006]

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Clothespin Grave Marker, Middlesex, VT - 28 mi.

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