Saving Vermont’s oldest Jewish cemetery

A recent article from The Bennington Banner follows Netanel Crispe, a 10th generation Vermonter and an Orthodox Jew who is discovering the history of Jewish settlers and communities in Vermont as he works to restore and preserve the Poultney Hebrew Cemetery in East Poultney, create a fund to ensure that it can be maintained in perpetuity, and obtain official recognition of the cemetery’s historical status.

Poultney Historical Society’s very own Chair of Collections, Research and Genealogy, Andrea Mott has helped Netanel through hours of conversations, providing extensive research that was critical to Netanel’s project, and copying and sharing historic archives that document the history of the cemetery and Jewish communities in Poultney, which included deed information about the cemetery itself.

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