The Newton Cemetery has a long historical association with the City of Newton, taking over the function of a non-sectarian burying place from the municipal burying grounds, which had begun to fill to capacity by the mid-nineteenth century. Created in 1855 with its first burial in 1856, the private non-profit Newton Cemetery is an excellent example of the rural cemetery movement. Initially laid out by Marshall Rice, town clerk and surveyor, the design of the cemetery incorporates natural water features and a rolling landscape creating a park-like setting. Notable sculptors and gravestone carvers with examples within the cemetery include Ephraim Keyser, Charles H. Pizzano, and Alpheus Cary.
Located within the private cemetery is also a landlocked City-owned parcel containing the Newton Civil War Soldiers' Monument designed by Chester Mitchell and constructed in 1864.
The Cemetery is the burying place of many notable citizens including Seth Davis, Samuel Francis Smith, Otis Pettee, and Freelan O. and Francis E. Stanley and continues to be the primary burying place utilized within the City of Newton. The cemetery is significant due to its historical association with the community, the burying place of citizens notable to the City of Newton and State of Massachusetts, and containing examples of a variety of gravestones and other sculptures from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.
The cemetery was constructed in 1856 and sits on approximately 115 acres. It is still in use.
The Massachusetts Historical Commission refers to this cemetery in MACRIS as NWT.804 Newton Cemetery.
GPS Coordinates: 42.3333, -71.2142
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #91298
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