I couldn’t agree more with the one of a kind gravestone we found in Middlesex, Vermont where our obsession with anything weird led us. Did I ever think Natalie and I would be exploring graveyards for strange artifacts? Absolutely not. But after this adventure, I realized finding weird will always surprise and fulfill us.
The Middlesex graveyard had one other gravestone goody: a tombstone in the shape of a clothespin. W. Jack Crowell or “Jack Crow” ran the National Clothespin Factory in Montpelier. It was the last running wooden clothespin factory in the U.S., but eventually switched to plastic clothespins and added barrettes to keep up with the times. Unfortunately the strategy didn’t work, and the company had to close their doors in 2009. As I read Jack’s Epitaph, I could sense that he was a man who had a sense of humor:
Here lies old Jack Crow it was too bad he had to go
While on this earth he was hell bent
And we knew someday he would up and went
After our visit with the dead in Middlesex, we decided to pay our respects to the souls that were taken from us too soon at the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Waterbury. On the grounds there’s the flavor graveyard, a plot of land dedicated to discontinued flavors. Below are mine and Natalie’s favorites that kicked the bucket.
Rutland Vermont was our last stop for the day. We were running out of sunlight and had long drive ahead of us. Don’t worry, we didn’t visit anymore graveyards after dark. This time we hung out with a dog tied to an invisible leash. Located in a small park near a Wal-Mart, Patrick Farrow’s (Mia Farrow’s brother), “The Leash” sculpture shows a dog pulling away from a parking meter with all its strength, but what makes the piece so bizarre is there’s no physical leash attached to the dog or the meter.
What do you think Farrow’s sculpture represents? Could it be that freedom is just a figment of our imagination? Like an invisible leash?