In Evergreen Cemetery, just off Town Hill Rd. in New Haven, VT, has a very unusual guest, Dr. Timothy Clark Smith. Dr. Smith suffered from taphephobia, the fear of being buried alive.

The 19th-century doctor was so afraid of being buried alive, he actually designed his own grave. Dr. Smith designed his own tomb using technology that would get him out if he were buried and came back to life.

According to Atlas Obscura, the doc installed stairs to get out.

He installed a set of stairs underneath a large square capstone beside his burial mound.-Atlas Obscura

But that not all he installed. If Dr. Smith woke up from whatever it was that put him under, he was ready to make some noise.

...is said to have been buried with a bell in his hand and a breathing tube.-Atlas Obscura

Remember, this most unusual gravesite was completely designed by a guy who had no background in engineering.

That being said, the good doctor's idea of installing a window had to be an insanely odd thought back in the 19th century. Heck, it's even strange by today's weird standards.

Dr. Smith has a window installed exactly six feet above him and centered directly on his face so friends and family members could check and make sure a mistake had not been made. There is a cement shaft that runs from the grave below to the underside of the window.

This was really cool. Couldn't necessarily discern anyone at the bottom, but with a flashlight sitting on the glass and your face really close, you could see down to the dirt or whatnot. Worth a peek just for the oddity!-Claudia

Dr. Smith died in 1893 on Halloween. People still travel from all over the world to Evergreen Cemetary just so they can spend a moment at Dr. Smith's historical gravesite. It's still there and is in pristine condition. The glass has fogged up over time and visibility is not very good, but it's all still there.

On more than one occasion, visitors claimed they see a green light coming from the grave below that can be seen illuminating through the window above.

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