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Green Mount Cemetery Soldiers' Lot

Montpelier, Vermont

Soldiers' Lot
Green Mount Cemetery Soldiers' Lot
Courtesy of the Department of Veterans Affairs,
National Cemetery Administration, History Program

One of the smallest parcels of land maintained by the Department of Veterans Affairs is located in Montpelier, the capital of the state of Vermont.  In 1865, Montpelier’s citizens donated a 450-square-foot lot in Green Mount Cemetery to the U.S. government for use as a soldiers’ lot for the burial of Union troops. The remains of eight Union soldiers lie in the lot on the cemetery’s western edge.  Established on 35 acres in 1854, Green Mount Cemetery abounds with sculptural memorial works, reflecting the lives and accomplishments of Montpelier’s citizens.

Local attorney Calvin Keith donated $1,000 for the purchase of 35 acres to create a municipal cemetery for Montpelier, the capital of Vermont. Montpelier residents erected a monument in the cemetery honoring his 1854 gift. The gift of another Vermont benefactor, John E. Hubbard, allowed for the construction of the chapel-vault building at the cemetery’s entrance in 1905. 

Today, Green Mount Cemetery is an active cemetery. Terraced lots, curving roads, and numerous trees and ornamental shrubs provide a sense of calm in the cemetery.  A variety of ornate granite monuments and memorials dot the cemetery’s landscape.  The city of Montpelier owns Green Mount Cemetery, while the Department of Veterans Affairs owns and maintains the soldiers’ lot.

Plan your visit

The Green Mount Cemetery Soldier’s Lot is located at 250 State St. in Montpelier, VT, within Green Mount Cemetery.  Massachusetts National Cemetery oversees the soldiers’ lot; its administrative office is open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.  The office is closed on all Federal holidays except for Memorial Day.  For more information about the soldiers’ lot, please contact the Massachusetts National Cemetery office at 508-563-7113, or see the Department of Veterans Affairs website

Municipally owned Green Mount Cemetery is open for visitation daily from sunrise to sunset. Maps for self-guided tours are available in the cemetery’s office. While visiting, be mindful that our national cemeteries and soldiers’ lots are hallowed ground, and be respectful to all of our nation’s fallen soldiers and their families.  Additional cemetery policies may be posted on site.

Green Mount Cemetery Soldiers' Lot was photographed to the standards established by the National Park Service’s Historic American Landscapes Survey.

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