A group to restore aging children’s graves at Burlington Cemetery

BURLINGTON, Vermont (WCAX) – The Vermont Old Cemetery Association restore the aging children’s graves at Lakeview Cemetery in Burlington.

The restoration will take place at the burial site of the Home for Destitute Children.

The Home for Destitute Children was started in 1866 by a group of middle-class and wealthy women from the city of Burlington, initially to serve Civil War orphans.

It served a larger population of children.

The cemetery association will repair, straighten and clean up the monuments that have fallen into disrepair over the years.

“These are very cheap stone monuments, they didn’t want to put a lot of effort into it. So in Lakeview you have these beautiful monuments that are very expensive, very ornate, and you have these little marble stones of these poor children to mark their burial place…and so we decided as a group to go there down and make a restoration effort,” said Tom Giffin, president of the Vermont Old Cemetery Association.

The organization invites the community to visit the site this Saturday and participate in the restoration efforts. They will meet at Lakeview Cemetery on North Avenue at 8 a.m.

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