Cedar Grove Cemetery
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Cedar Grove Cemetery

Dorchester, Suffolk County , Massachusetts, USA


CEDAR GROVE CEMETERY was organized three years after the end of the Civil War when Dorchester was still an independent town. The land granted for burials was in the southernmost area of the town, bordering on the Neponset River and downstream from the Milton lower falls. It was blanketed with cedar trees and rose gently over a puddingstone ledge. There was a small pond, filled in many years ago, near today’s main entrance. The area was home to a variety of bird life and small animals, remote in a rural setting.

Now, more than 150 years later, the twenty-first century has burgeoned around this peaceful spot. Still, the Cemetery has managed to preserve its identity as a green patch of nature, a place for quiet contemplation amidst the surrounding bustle and tumult."

The Cemetery sits on approximately 70 acres and has had more than 45,000 burials. It is non-sectarian, and is managed by a Board of Trustees as a non-profit organization. The first burial took place on February 24, 1870, when Rachel Marie Winsor was laid to rest here.

The Massachusetts Historical Commission refers to this cemetery in MACRIS as BOS.827 Cedar Grove Cemetery.



  • Added: 17 Jan 2001
  • Find a Grave Cemetery ID: 277711