The receiving vault was originally built for storage in the cold, winter months. Burial vaults were built into the low side of a hill with a north entry to keep the interior cool.
In the early 1900’s a Gothic Revival Chapel constructed of granite blocks was added to the vault. The Memorial Chapel and Receiving Vault, dedicated to the memory of Johnson and Emma Ross Martin by their children, was completed in 1917.
This unique building is a focal point of the cemetery and a plan for restoration has begun.