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Manchester, Vermont: Mountaintop Grave of Mr. Barbo

Solitary mountaintop tombstone of Mr. Barbo, a beloved dog of the former President and Chairman of Union Carbide, killed by a hunter in 1955.

Skyline Trail, Manchester, VT
At the summit of Equinox Mountain. Drive roughly three miles south of Manchester on Hwy 7A/Ethan Allen Hwy. Turn west onto Skyline Drive (a toll road) which twists and turns for several miles to the Saint Bruno Scenic Viewing Center. A short hike along the ridge trail will bring you to the grave.
Road open summer daily 9-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
$20 car, $5 passenger
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Mountaintop Grave of Mr. Barbo

Not free! The fee for this private toll road in Aug 2012 is $15 plus $5 for each additional person in the car - so $20 for me and my husband.

[Stephanie, 08/16/2012]
Mountaintop Grave of Mr. Barbo

The owner of Mr. Barbo was J.G. Davidson, who owned and developed the mountain. In the early '60s Dr. Davidson and his wife gave the whole mountain to the Carthusian monks to establish a retreat there.

The road is still open during the summer but the Inn at the top is closed. I was a co-operator of the Inn from 1958-62.

[Jim Fahey, 05/17/2009]

Grave of Mr. Barbo.

Mountaintop Grave of Mr. Barbo

Atop Mt. Equinox, a large granite monument to Mr. Barbo, beloved dog of [Dr. Joseph George Davidson], killed by a hunter in 1955. Mt. Equinox is located off of route 7a, just south of Manchester -- visitors can drive to the top via a toll road. Nice drive with a few hairpin turns to make it interesting. A hotel is located on the summit. A short hike along the ridge trail will bring you to the grave site; visitors leave 'prayer stones' on top of the marker. The work to put this gravestone in must have been daunting. Another dog was laid to rest next to Barbo -- Creamer was buried (and killed) in 1995, on the anniversary of Barbo's death. Seems to be a must-see site along the hiking trail.

[Carole Zeneski, 10/22/2000]

A candidate for the Noble Dog section of the Pet Cemetery.

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