Woodchuck Alley in Kendall leads to historic cemetery

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 November 2015 at 12:00 am

Orleans County’s dirt roads

Photos by Tom Rivers
KENDALL – Orleans Hub likes to feature the dirt roads in Orleans County. There are actually quite a few of them.

Woodchuck Alley in Kendall is a winding path that links West Kendall and Center roads.

The road takes you through some colorful scenery in the fall.

It was a pleasant surprise to encounter Beechwood Cemetery on Woodchuck Alley. The cemetery was established in 1828 and has some of the grandest trees I’ve seen in our county.

You don’t see too many Medina sandstone structures in Kendall, but Beechwood has this chapel from 1898.

I was surprised to see the doors are missing from the building and there is lots of graffiti inside.

There probably isn’t much traffic on this road. This was the only vehicle I saw in about 20 minutes on Friday afternoon. Notice the monstrous tree to the right.

You’ll see recognizable last names in the cemetery, which is the final resting place for many Kendall pioneer residents. Many of them died young.