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Psychiatric Hospital Reclaims Historic Cemetery

The cemetery is across from the hospital and has long been uncared for

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A psychiatric hospital in Vermont has reclaimed a historic cemetery that served as a burial site for patients who died while being treated there.

Vermont Public Radio reports the Brattleboro Retreat installed a new granite marker at the cemetery, repaired headstones and repositioned granite posts as part of the project.

The cemetery is across from the hospital and has long been uncared for. The retreat opened in 1834 and the last person who was buried in the cemetery died in 1901. Officials believe that some 650 people were laid to rest there in the latter half of the 1800s.

Many of the tombstones don't have full names or birth dates and officials say there isn't much known about the former patients who were buried there.

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