Category Archives: Burying Grounds

Stony Brook Road Cemetery, Great Barrington

Today I had my first unexpected brush with post-mortem fame since Lisa, Sarah Danberg, and I found Medgar Evers grave in Arlington Cemetery back in 1999. There at the back of the small unnamed cemetery on Stony Brook Road in … Continue reading

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Old Indian Cemetery, Holliston

I went back to Holliston again, lured by the name on the map: “Indian Cemetery.” No Native Americans or Indians from the 19th century as far as I can tell. I can’t say for certain, but I think this cemetery … Continue reading

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Green Hollow Cemetery, Oakham

Cemeteries not only show who lived and died in a place at a given time. They also show what those people thought about their futures. The Green Hollow Cemetery in very rural Oakham has forty-two graves, although there is space … Continue reading

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Center Cemetery, Holden

The center of Holden, Mass., contains several choice cemeteries. The small Center Cemetery contains the graves of many widows and officers who served in the “War of 1776.” It’s here that I saw the first revolutionary name: Washington. The gravestones … Continue reading

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Central Burying Ground, Holliston

Not far down the road in the center of Holliston is the Central Burying Ground. I’ve driven by it dozens, perhaps hundreds of times, and today I finally stopped. It’s one of the oldest that I’ve visited in the Commonwealth … Continue reading

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Hancock and New Ashford Cemeteries

I seem to have gathered a small library of atlases for the Commonwealth project — five atlases that show all of the streets in Massachusetts circa 2004, plus some that aren’t passable anymore, and a larger scale topographic atlas. My … Continue reading

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East Hopkinton Cemetery

One of the perks of my travels around Massachusetts for the Commonwealth project is that it takes me past a lot of small burying grounds. I like these old cemeteries, especially the way they present cross-sections of place and styles … Continue reading

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