The oldest of the three city-owned cemeteries is known variously as the Centre Street or East Parish Burying Ground, at the corner of Centre and Cotton streets, dates from 1660. It is about three acres in extent, and about 400 grave sites remain. The oldest marker is dated 1672. The Town's only burying place for 120 years, it is the resting place for just about every family living in Newton before the Revolution.
It was one of the first to be included in the National Register of Historic Places as an individual site. It is the most important, the most evocative and also the most fragile historic site in the city.
The cemetery sits on approximately 3 acres and contains about 700 gravestones, exclusive of the tombs (which were sealed in 1913). The earliest death date is 1668, the latest 1980.
The Massachusetts Historical Commission refers to this cemetery in MACRIS as NWT.801 East Parish Burial Ground.
This cemetery is referred to as GR1 Centre Street Cemetery, Newton in the "Vital Records of Newton Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849."
GPS Coordinates: 42.34152, -71.19201
- Added: 26 Dec 2002
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #1788551
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