Visitors Still Peek in Window to Grave of 1800s Doc Who Feared Being Buried Alive

In Newhaven, Vermont, in the late 19th century, Dr. Timothy Clark Smith was buried with a window, a bell, and a chisel just in case he woke up.

According to CBS 6 Albany, Smith suffered from taphephobia, designed the grave for fear of being buried alive.

“It’s been years since you could see down there,” Roger Boise said, the president of the Evergreen Cemetery Association in New Haven, Vermont. “I know he’s buried there and there’s the glass plate. And he supposedly had something to break it if he needed to. There’s also a bell down there I was told.”

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