In 1802 a group of inhabitants living in the south part of town met to consider establishing their own burial ground. A committee chosen for the purpose bought three quarters of an acre from Captain David Richardson at the junction of the Dedham and Sherborn roads. Family plots were laid out for the 28 original proprietors and in 1806 construction began on the row of tombs.
In 1833 the Town acquired the cemetery which was enlarged by a gift from Amasa Winchester. He and the other proprietors retained their burial rights and the Town undertook to maintain a fence forever.
There are approximately 343 gravestones (exclusive of tombs). The earliest death date is 1803, the latest 1938.
The Massachusetts Historical Commission refers to this cemetery in MACRIS as NWT.800 South Burying Ground.
This cemetery is referred to as GR3 Winchester Street Cemetery, Newton Highlands in the "Vital Records of Newton Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849."
GPS Coordinates: 42.31731, -71.20895
- Added: 21 Dec 2009
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2335276
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