The Central Cemetery is the 2nd oldest burial ground in Sherborn and was originally part of the church common. For many years it was sometimes called Sanger Burying Ground. The town's first three ministers were buried in this lot before being moved to the Sanger Family plot on Pine Hill in 1857. In 1883 C. H. Dowse, chairman of the Cemetery Committee for Sherborn, copied the inscriptions on the remaining headstones to be sent to the New England Genealogical Society.
Shielding Central Cemetery from automobile traffic on the South Main Street is Cyrus Dullin's Memory Statue. A memorial to Sherborn's citizens who died in wars between 1686 and World War II, this statue and its architectural setting were erected in 1918.
Originally the ground was much larger stretching southward. During the early 19th century Capt. Samuel Sanger maintained this burial ground and took it for a family cemetery. It was surrounded on three sides by Sanger land.
There are approximately 50 stones. The earliest death date is 1686, the latest 1822
The Massachusetts Historical Commission refers to this cemetery in MACRIS as SHR.805 Central Cemetery.
This cemetery is referred to as GR1 Sherborn Center Cemetery in the "Vital Records of Sherborn Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849."
GPS Coordinates: 42.24236, -71.37016
- Added: 26 Sep 2004
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #1994019
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