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June 2, 2022

Episode 86 - A Special Mausoleum and a Family Cemetery

Episode 86 - A Special Mausoleum and a Family Cemetery

In this episode Dianne and Jennie learn about one man's heartache and how it led him to build a magnificent mausoleum and gorgeous Victorian mansion. John Bowman built his wealth owning several tanneries and selling leather goods to the Union army during the civil war. However, his true happiness was the love he showered on his wife and daughters and when he lost them he he built the magnificent Laurel Glen Mausoleum and Laurel Hall right across the street in Cuttingsville, Vermont. The second story in this episode revolves around Rebecca Nurse and the Nurse family cemetery located in Danvers, Massachusetts. Rebecca Nurse was one of 19 victims hanged during the Salem witchcraft hysteria of 1692 and her home is the only one left where a victim of the witch trials actually lived. Included on that property is a family cemetery where it has been rumored for nearly 300 years that Rebecca may be buried. Come along as we explore these Ordinary Extraordinary stories in this episode of the Ordinary Extraordinary Cemetery podcast.

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If you are interested in learning more about the Salem witch trials of 1692, please give our friends Sarah and Jeffrey at Salem the Podcast a listen:

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