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In the field next to Gus’s Diner in Verona.
The Verona Area Historical Society’s “Bringing Their Stones Home” project is bringing back names and identities to the nearly-forgotten asylum and poor house cemetery in Verona next to Gus’ Diner. From the 1880s to the 1940s, this plot of land became the final resting place for over 400 residents of the then Dane County Asylum and “Poor House.” For unknown reasons, all headstones were removed and discarded in the 1950s. 70 of them have recovered and we are putting them back where they belong based on a historic cemetery map.
Bring work gloves and a shovel or wheelbarrow if you have one. There will be opportunities to dig the small holes for the stones, shovel and move gravel or mulch, and generally help clean up the site. This project is entirely volunteer-driven, and we could really use your help. Thank you!