This cemetery is not visable from the road; it is reached by driving 0.8 mi west from Lower Waterford on the Lower Waterford Rd. The entrance gate is just past a house on the left -- easy to miss; open this gate and continue a couple hundred yards down the hill to a second gate (which is never closed).
The location is the result of an early bridle path that ran along the river. A log meeting house was built there in the 1790s; probably within the present bounds of the cemetery. It burned a few years later but people had already begun burying their dead near it, and kept doing so without regard to the property's ownership. There are no doubt many unmarked graves here due to this early use.
The oldest part of the Lower Waterford Cemetery was deeded June 27 1811 by quitclaim to the town by Eli Cloud, who is buried in Row 8, "one acre ... which is now enclosed and occupied for a burying ground also Land for a Road from said burying place to the [town] road; Book 5, p.97. He died 6 months later and willed the remainder of the farm to Zenas Goss in exchange for several payments in his name and to provide "a good and decent pair of gravestones of the value of forty dollars".
The first addition was made in 1863 by fencing in the area between the cemetery and the bank that drops down to the brook to the northeast. Lots were laid out 2 rods long and 7 feet wide, these lots were sold to families by the owner of the farm. The newest addition was made in 1906 and the lots laid out in squares and numbered on a map in the Town Clerk's vault.
GPS Coordinates: 44.3475, -71.9186
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #104104
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