KILLINGTON - If you traveled Route 4 east toward Bridgewater
this week, you might have noticed activity in the cemetery beyond
the gondola. The western section is overseen by the Episcopal
Church of Our Savior while the eastern half is regulated by the
West Bridgewater Cemetery Association (est. 1871). Each committee
maintains their portion.
A few years ago one of the West Bridgewater board members
proposed a project to replace the wire used as the front wall to
something more appealing as he did not want to spend eternity
behind the pig wire. This week the Association's project was
completed thanks to donations from members and Instone Design.
Instone Design's concept won the board's approval as they
proposed moving the rock wall from the rear of the cemetery to the
front. This was the most applicable method of producing a fence
that would mesh with the walls on both sides of the cemetery and
look as aged as the rest of the fences. With Andy Gieda at the
helm, a team dry stacked the old rock in the front angling the
fence to meet the lower side. It is a monument to an old art to see
how the rocks fit and to make it "feel" as if it has been there
since the 1920s.
The history of the original wall is where the myths, legends or
As the story goes, about 1920 a local man committed a crime, was
convicted and was destined for prison. The desperate man wrote a
letter to the governor asking for clemency. In the letter he stated
he was a hard-working man who had made a mistake and was terribly
sorry for it. He hoped the governor would pardon him as he had
eight children and a wife. If the man were sent to prison, the
state would have to pay for his living expenses as well as those of
his wife and children, he continued in the letter. His wife simply
could not work with eight children to take care of. To atone for
his mistake, he promised the governor he would build a rock wall to
encompass the cemetery.
The man went to prison, but weeks later the governor did pardon
him. The man, true to his word, built the original cemetery wall
and had two more children the story goes.