|Erasmus Bradford Gates|
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|Entrance to Adams Cemetery, Tinkham Rd., Wilbraham, MA|
Originally called the "Burying Yard". It was established when the bounds of the cemetery were set off from the "overplus land" in 1736. It was also called the "Center Cemetery". It was one of the three Town cemeteries. East Wilbraham Cemetery, Glendale Cemetery and Adams Cemetery.
The old section of Adams Cemetery covers the area from the east entrance road, west to the fence and from Tinkham Rd, north to the line of monuments on a line with the old cemetery vault house. Within this area there are 995 head-stones and footstones. A hearse house, where the town hearse was kept, was located on the southeast corner of the original section for many years. It was removed in 1871.
As time passed, the Burying Yard became known as the Adams Cemetery, since the cemetery was part of Deacon Adams' property on Main St. In 1876, the original section was enlarged by the addition on the east side of about 40 feet of land [The loop located just east of the east entrance] and again in 1896 by a larger addition on the north side. Another addition was made to the east side in 1969.
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