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Although published sources and the entrance portals to Mt. Prospect Cemetery indicate that it was laid out in 1852, a handful of markers date from earlier in the nineteenth century but are perhaps cenotaphs or have been moved from other sites. Typical of the mid and late nineteenth century are the white limestone markers, some badly weathered, but generally erect, which feature the elaborate graphics and sentimental inscriptions of the Victorian era. Monumental family stones often set a bit apart on terraced plots, are also seen. More recent gravestone's farther from the Elm Street entrance are the machine incised buff grey, and salmon granite common in the mid to late twentieth century.
While a number of Irish names and Roman Catholic motifs appear on some of the earlier stones, the religious association of Mt. Prospect Cemetery appears to be overwhelmingly Protestant, and the familiar Amesbury names, Morrill, Clark, Briggs bespeak an English ancestry. Noteworthy, however is the burial ground's location, distant from any churches and occupying a rise of land overlooking the mill village below, typical of the garden cemetery movement of the mid-nineteenth century.
The cemetery occupies about 30.18 acres. The earliest death date is 1811. There is an estimated 5000 stones.
The Massachusetts Historical Commission refers to this cemetery in MACRIS as AME.803 Mount Prospect Cemetery.
This cemetery is referred to as GR8 Mount Prospect Cemetery, Amesbury in the "Vital Records of Salisbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849."