Inspired by a simple postcard, I had to visit still another Graveyard on our tour of mid-state Vermont. Unfortunately, we picked a holiday weekend to go to Waterbury. Not only was the parking lot full of buses with AARP Tours, but the grounds were also full of every school child within a 150 mile radius of Ben and Jerry’s “Flavor Graveyard!”
As one might imagine, taking a picture of this attraction without another human being in it was next to impossible. I had walked up the hill specifically to photograph it and wasn’t going to leave until I had. Unfortunately, if I had waited until everybody cleared out, it would have been closing time and we still wanted to join the others our age at that Senior Citizen sport of “Leaf Peeping.” This was the best picture I was able to get of the entrance.I thought this headstone was the perfect one to start the tour off! It died in 1987, but should have been revived by last year and given a chance at life again! I’m sure it would have made it in many circles! I don’t remember the “Makin’ Whoopie Pie” flavor, but then I’m not a chocolate ice cream fanatic. The epitaph, however was cute! (The child in the background was getting a school lesson on spelling and seemed to want to be in all of my pictures.)Now this one was one of my favorites! How could nobody else enjoy it as much as I did?? Anything with fresh peaches tops my list, and if it’s included in ice cream, well then!The first three “headstones” you saw are amazingly intact. There are those who feel entitled to remove what ever happens to catch their fancy, and saddly, that is what has happened here. If only the next two headstones had been stripped of little pieces, it could have been a fluke. As it was, quite a few of the other headstones had their flavor descriptions removed. Little pieces were removed from the headstone “Ethan Almond” pictured below. One can only guess what had been in those spots . . .. . . and I saved the best for last! Anything coffee! and especially ice cream! and definitely if it’s “Coffee, Coffee, BuzzBuzzBuzz!” I wish I’d been here for the funeral ’cause I would have wailed louder than any of the other mourners! Regretfully, neither of us gets to see the flavor graphic! After viewing these headstones I was hungry for ice cream – any flavor – but it wasn’t to be at Ben and Jerry’s! Since the line seemed to be a mile long for the privilege of purchasing at $3.75 ice cream cone we decided not to wait just to spend money on something we could get once we were home! Instead, we opted for a free cup of Joe at the Visitor’s Center, compliments of none other that a representative from Green Mountain Coffee!
Perfect for a fall afternoon in the charming town of Waterbury, Vermont!