Groton Cemetery came into use in 1847 as the town's second place of burial after the Colonial Period Old Burying Ground located at Hollis and School Street. Located around a half mile north of Main Street, the Rural style cemetery was somewhat removed from the commercial center of Groton. The local popularity of the New Cemetery was such that nearly all burials in the town took place here rather than at the older burial ground which received very few new interments in the mid to late 19th century. Popularity was due to the Cemeterys successful emulation of Rural or Garden style cemeteries.
Groton residents who had previously been interred at the Old Burying Ground were in some cases moved here, probably by surviving family members who preferred the newer place of burial. There may be as many as 50 burials of people originally interred at the Old Burying Ground. People whose deaths pre-date the establishment of the Groton Cemetery include Josiah Sartell, Esq (d. 1784, age 74), Mary Sartell (d. 1790, age 80), Nathaniel Sartell (d. 1741, age 60), William Farwell (d. 1819, age 81), and Walter Dickson (d. 1798, age 70).
The Groton Cemetery sits on about 54 acres. The earliest death date is 1847. In 2008 there were approximately 5,000 burials. It is still in use today.
The Massachusetts Historical Commission refers to this cemetery in MACRIS as GRO.801 Groton Cemetery.
This cemetery is referred to as GR1 Walnut Cemetery AND GR4 New Cemetery, Groton in the "Vital Records of Groton Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849. It is not known why there are two GR#s used for this cemetery in the records.
GPS Coordinates: 42.62098, -71.5679
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #91042
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