10 Cemeteries in Massachusetts That You Shouldn't Miss

December 3, 2021 Deane Carmody

Discover the best top things to do in Massachusetts, United States including Mount Auburn Cemetery, Old First Parish Burying Ground, Men of Kent Cemetery, Union Cemetery, Old Burial Hill, Lowell Cemetery, Massachusetts National Cemetery, Old Burying Ground, Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Granary Burying Ground.

1. Mount Auburn Cemetery

580 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5529 +1 617-547-7105 [email protected] http://mountauburn.org
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5.0 based on 613 reviews

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831 as America's first landscaped cemetery. A National Historic Landmark, its renowned landscape inspired the creation of the nation's public parks. Mount Auburn was designated an Important Bird Area by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, reinforcing its status as a significant wildlife sanctuary. Still an active burial place, Mount Auburn Cemetery provides comfort and solace to countless families. The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery was established in 1986 to assist in the conservation of the Cemetery's natural beauty and to promote the appreciation of its cultural, historic, and natural resources. Over 100 public programs are offered annually by the Friends to educate, enrich, and inspire the community. The Friends seeks financial support for education and interpretive programs and materials for the public, specific cultural projects, and operational support for horticultural rejuvenation and the preservation of the historic monuments, structures, and archival artifacts and records.

Reviewed By mariannakharis - Cambridge, United States

EVERYONE should visit Mt. Auburn Cemetery. It's free, beautiful, and interesting - ideal for friends on a walk (that was us!), families exploring, couples spending time together, or anyone visiting the area for the first time. Definitely take some time to go for a long walk and explore winding paths, because this cemetery is much bigger than it looks from the outside. If you drive in, there are clear places to park at the beginning of the cemetery, or you can park the car on the side of the road where fewer cars go by. There's a small area up by the tower that has an incredible view of Boston. We brought food from Sofra cafe (check it out!) and had a picnic right there. Perfection.

2. Old First Parish Burying Ground

Beach Street, Rockport, MA 01966
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5.0 based on 8 reviews

Old First Parish Burying Ground

3. Men of Kent Cemetery

Meeting House Lane, Scituate, MA 02066 https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/13000442.htm
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5.0 based on 1 reviews

Men of Kent Cemetery

4. Union Cemetery

Meeting House Lane, Scituate, MA 02066 +1 781-545-8733
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5.0 based on 2 reviews

Union Cemetery

5. Old Burial Hill

Marblehead, MA 01945 [email protected] http://www.oldburialhill.org/
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Old Burial Hill

One of New England's most scenic graveyards, it affords a view of Old Marblehead, the harbor, and the sea. It was established in 1638 at the site of Marblehead’s first meeting house and is the burial site of some 600 Revolutionary soldiers, most in unmarked graves.

Reviewed By Charliearuba

Seeing the Names and dates on the gravestones chronicling families history, then seeing the same names on houses as you strolled through the narrow streets was fascinating. A fascinating experience

6. Lowell Cemetery

77 Knapp Ave, Lowell, MA 01852-4240 +1 978-454-5191
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5.0 based on 32 reviews

Lowell Cemetery

A Victorian garden cemetery, founded in 1841. On the National Register of Historic Places.

7. Massachusetts National Cemetery

Connery Avenue, Bourne, MA +1 508-563-7113 http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/massachusetts.asp
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5.0 based on 21 reviews

Massachusetts National Cemetery

Reviewed By 55edd - Buzzards Bay, United States

Those families whose loved ones are interred at the Massachusetts National Cemetery are blessed to have the diligent and faithful workers - office staff, family relations, and the groundskeepers, who take care of this sacred spot. If you are considering this cemetery for your loved one, please note that the time allotted for committal services is fairly brief, so you really ought to have a funeral/memorial service prior to coming here. The staff are professional but friendly and are focused on meeting the needs of those who are grieving.

8. Old Burying Ground

36 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1343 +1 978-768-6262
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5.0 based on 3 reviews

Old Burying Ground

9. Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery

1390 Main St, Agawam, MA 01001-2572 +1 413-821-9500 http://www.mass.gov/veterans/cemeteries-and-honors/cemeteries/state-cemeteries/agawam.html
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5.0 based on 5 reviews

Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery

10. Granary Burying Ground

Tremont Street (between Park and School Sreets), Boston, MA 02108 +1 617-635-7389 http://www.cityofboston.gov/parks/HBGI/hbginfo.asp?ID=16
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4.5 based on 1,602 reviews

Granary Burying Ground

The burial ground for famous American patriots like Paul Revere, John Hancock and Sam Adams, is also the final resting place for Mother Goose.

Reviewed By MRayTraveler - Orange County, United States

Granary Burying Ground is one stop on the Freedom Trail, and features the final resting places of Paul Revere, John Hancock, Sam Adams, the victims of the Boston Massacre, Ben Franklin's parents and many more. So much history in such a small space. Stop by for 20 or 30 minutes and enjoy the opportunity to experience a small bit of our nation's history.

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