Old Burying Ground

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Old Burying Ground

Also known as First Congregational Churchyard

Location
Church Street
Wakefield, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, 01880 USA
Phone 781-246-6300
Website
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This is actually the second burial ground of the First parish church. The first was further east in what is now the park about where the bandstand is located. Its stones were moved to this burial ground when it was begun around 1688-9. It was the main burial ground for the town for about 150 years. It contains the graves of many of the towns early settlers and early families including Rev. Richard Brown (1732), Rev. Mr. Wm. Hobby (1765) and Rev. Caleb Prentiss (1803) all of whom served the First Parish.

In 1846 the burial ground was recognized as being too small for the growing town and a number of citizens formed the Lakeside Cemetery as a private cemetery further north and west on Lake Quannapowitt.

There are approximately 600 headstones. The earliest death date is 1681, the latest 1926.

The Massachusetts Historical Commission refers to this cemetery in MACRIS as WAK.801 Old Burial Ground.

This cemetery is referred to as GR1 Old Cemetery, formerly Town Burying Ground in the "Vital Records of Wakefield Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849."

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GPS Coordinates: 42.5069500, -71.0739800

  • Added: 1 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #91376