The town of Maynard was established in 1871, carved out of sections of Stow and Sudbury. Although it was late in becoming a municipality, the area, previously known as Assabet Village, had been settled in the late 17th century and by the mid-19 century it was a thriving community with mills at the town center and farms in outlying areas. One of the early priorities of the new municipality was to establish a town cemetery. In 1871 the town voted to purchase a 6-8 acre parcel at the corner of Great Road and Parker Street from Amory and Lorenzo Maynard. Additional land had been acquired from Lorenzo Maynard in 1903. Then in 1928 11 additional acres between Glenwood Cemetery and St. Bridget's were acquired from the heirs of William Taylor.
A small portion of this site had already been used as a private burying ground, including the Daniel Whitney lot where John Marble (1750 - 1820) is buried, believed to be the oldest burial on site. The first person interred after the cemetery was acquired by the town was Thomas H. Brooks (d. 1872).
The Maynard family tomb, the most prominent at Glenwood Cemetery, was erected in 1888 by Amory Maynard (1804 - 1890) for whom the town is named. As the founder of the Assabet Mills in 1847 (later Assabet Manufacturing Company) he was one of the wealthiest and most influential men in Maynard during the late 19th century.
Glenwood Cemetery is the only municipal cemetery in Maynard. It sits on 15+ acres and is still in use.
The Massachusetts Historical Commission refers to this cemetery in MACRIS as MAY.800 Glenwood Cemetery.
GPS Coordinates: 42.42438, -71.44823
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #91023
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