Old Burying Ground

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Old Burying Ground

The sign at the gate reads "First Town Cemetery was established in 1721. Previous to this, families had their own burial plots or tombs. It was voted to build the surrounding stone walls in 1748. The first two town ministers, the Reverends Benajamin Shattuck and Daniel Rogers, lie here. It is also the last resting place of many local Revolutionary War soldiers.

The Old Burying Ground, Littleton, MA has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior."

The town of Littleton was incorporated in 1714. Once established as a municipality, Littleton set about creating the necessary facilities, including a municipal burying ground. Unlike many communities Littleton chose not to locate its burial ground adjacent to the meetinghouse, which was located on what is now Maple Street at the common, but a short distance away.

Due to the small population, which was 918 at the time of the Revolutionary War, there were relatively few burials during the eighteenth century. Among the notable early interments were many of the town's prominent settlers and 19 Revolutionary War veterans.

The Old Burying Ground on King Street is generally referred to as the first town cemetery. A second burial ground, now known as Westlawn Cemetery, was established by the town in 1801. Initially it was used for paupers and others who were not eligible to be buried in the municipal cemetery. Since around 1900 when the Old Burying Ground became full, Westlawn has been the only active municipal cemetery in Littleton.

The First Town Cemetery was laid out in 1721. Prior to that burials occured on privately owned land. The cemetery sits on appoximately 1 acre and contains about 200 headstone. The latest death date is 1912.

The Massachusetts Historical Commission refers to this cemetery in MACRIS as LIT.800.

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GPS Coordinates: 42.54486, -71.47716

  • Added: 9 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2192193