|810 Varnum Ave.|
Postal Code: 01854
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
The Claypit Cemetery is located behind the Brunswick Bowling Alley. It is Dracut's oldest cemetery. The area in which Claypit is located was once part of Dracut. The area today is called Pawtucketville and it was annexed by the city Lowell in 1874. After the annexation of Pawtucketville, the town of Dracut retained title to the cemetery. Over the years, Claypit has gone by other names such as the Old Burying Ground and the Pierce/Coburn Cemetery.
The cemetery is about 12665 sq. feet. The earliest death date is 1715 the latest 1868.
In 1904 P. Hildreth Parker went around to all the local cemeteries and recorded the epitaphs from the headstones. At that time 17 headstones were recorded at this site.
In 2007 there were approximately 10 headstones remaining in tact and several remnants of other stones remain but due to their condition it is impossible to tell whose they were.
The Massachusetts Historical Commission refers to this cemetery in MACRIS as LOW.809 Claypit Cemetery - Old Burial Ground and Pierce - Coburn Family Burial Ground.
This cemetery is referred to as GR1 Old Ground, Varnum Avenue in the "Vital Records of Dracut, Massachusetts to the year 1850".