Also known as: Ewer Cemetery, Hopes Rest Cemetery, Thomas Cemetery
|8 Highland Street|
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
The various burial grounds of today's Rock Cemetery have been owned and operated by the Rock Cemetery Association since 1907. The oldest gravestone in the entire cemetery belongs to Eunice Barrows, who was buried in 1791.
The Massachusetts Historical Commission refers to this cemetery in MACRIS as MID811.
This burial place is documented in the book "Elysian Fields: an illustrated History of Rock Cemetery" by Michael J Maddigan.
This burial place is referenced to in the book "Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts" by Charles M Thatcher as "Records of Rock Church East of Church, West side of Church, and South of Church".
There are 6 distinct sections of Rock Cemetery.
The "West Section" is located on the north side of Highland Street on the west side of the Mortuary Chapel. This is the oldest section of the cemetery, and was predominantly active from 1791 to 1937.
The Mortuary Chapel is was completed in 1925. The chapel replaced the Third Baptist Church, which had been destroyed by lightning in 1918. The chapel is currently host to Saint Andrew's Traditional Anglican Church.
The "East Section" is located on the north side of Highland Street on the east side of the Mortuary Chapel. This section was the first expansion of the cemetery, and was predominantly active from 1800 to 1900.
The "Ewer Cemetery Section" is located on the south side of Highland Street on the west side. Burials began here in 1823.
The "Thomas Cemetery Section" is located on the south side of Highland Street. The section is distinct in that it contains the only two trees in the cemetery and all the stones here face north. Burials began here in 1859.
The "Hope's Rest Cemetery Section" is located on the south side of Highland Street on the east side and the entire south side. Burials began here in 1884 and this is the only section open for new burials.