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Ethan Allen's
Grave and Monument
Green Mount Cemetery Burlington, Vermont

The final resting place of Vermont's colorful Hero of Ticonderoga

By James P. Millard

It took almost 100 years for Burlington to erect a monument to her most famous (and most controversial) figure. Nevertheless, in 1873 this monument was erected at the site of the burial place of the Revolutionary war hero. Located in beautiful Green Mount Cemetery, the memorial to one of Vermont's most famous sons towers above the other ancient grave markers at the crown of a large hill overlooking the City of Winooski.

The 35-foot tall Doric column was created with granite salvaged from the Vermont State House in Montpelier that burned in 1857. The column sits on an eight-foot granite base. Inscribed marble tablets are located on each of its four sides. A beautiful cast iron fence of muskets and cannons surrounds the monument.

The eight-foot high marble statue was designed by Boston sculptor Peter Stephenson and cut in Carrara, Italy.

There is some controversy as to whether Allen's mortal remains are actually located underneath the pedestal. While it is certain that his family lay buried around the monument in the family plot, it is possible that he was actually buried somewhere else in the cemetery.

A time capsule consisting of, among other things, "...newspapers of the town and of the various cities of the Union; Allen's Narrative of his Captivity; Appleton's Railway Guide and Maps; the Vermont Register; sundry American coins, and various seeds..." is contained in a stone pot beneath the monument.

(Click on the thumbnails to see a larger image)

Above: left to right- Ethan Allen monument and the Allen family plot, Green Mount Cemetery sign,
the entrance to the cemetery off Burlington's Colchester Avenue, the graves of Heman and Ira Allen.
Below, the four inscriptions on the monument base

All photos by the author

More photos of Green Mount Cemetery and the Allen
Monument can be found here

Sources:

State of Vermont Historic Sites: Ethan Allen Monument <http://historicsites.vermont.gov/vt_history/ethan_allen> Accessed 5/29/2013

The University of Vermont Libraries- Center for Digital Initiatives: Ethan Allen Monument Committee Report, 1858 <http://cdi.uvm.edu/collections/search.xql?rows=1&start=0&term1=*&field1=ft&fq=genre_facet%3A%28%22government%20publication%22%29> Accessed 5/29/2013

 

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