Plain Burial Ground

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Plain Burial Ground

Also known as Plain Cemetery

North Main Street
Sherborn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, 01770 USA
Phone 508-653-2375
Memorials 382 added (86% photographed)

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Situated on Edward's Plain, this cemetery was laid out in 1792 by a private group called "The Friendly Society". Initially The Friendly Society was composed of Andrew Newall and fifteen others, residents of the Plain and Sherborn Center. They banded together "for the express purpose of assisting each other when in distress by the death of our friends". The Plain Cemetery's land was given by Adam Leland. At first it was laid out in 20 equal lots. Lots 1 and 2 were reserved for Adam Leland and Rev. Elijah Brown. The remaining lots were awarded by drawing ballots.

In 1801 the cemetery was extended by 18 rods. Among the stipulations included in the order of its creation was the prohibition of bushes and rocks from the grounds and only Mr. Leland's sheep could graze within its walls. The Friendly Society disbanded in 1850. Since 1883 this cemetery has been maintained by the town.

There are approximately 250 headstones. The earliest death date in 1792, the latest 1928.

The Massachusetts Historical Commission refers to this cemetery in MACRIS as SHR.803 Plain Cemetery.

This cemetery is referred to as GR3 in the "Vital Records of Sherborn Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849."


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GPS Coordinates: 42.25764, -71.36783

  • Added: 21 Nov 2008
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2283676