Charlotte VanVleck Gemmell is buried in Keene, New Hampshire. For 28 years, she was an elementary school teacher in the area.
Appropriately enough, her gravestone is shaped like a teacher’s desk.
As well as teaching, Charlotte was also a writer and even performed a one-woman play about Sarah Josephus Hale (author of “Mary had a Little Lamb”).
Next to the little stack of marble books, there’s a marble apple. It’s so well painted that, at first glance, I mistook it for real.
This grave is completed with a quotation from Emily Dickinson (who is, herself, buried in Amherst, Massachusetts, not too far from here):
There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away,
Grave of Charlotte VanVleck Gemmell, in the shape of a teacher’s desk
Address: Monadnock View Cemetery, Keene, New Hampshire