Riverview Cemetery

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Riverview Cemetery

Also known as Ancient Burying Ground

Main Street
Groveland, Essex County, Massachusetts, 01834 USA
Phone 978-373-5686
Memorials 5,934 added (98% photographed)

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Frequently confused with the Ancient Burying Ground in Bradford (now Haverhill). Groveland used to be East Bradford which enhances the confusion. The soil is very sandy and drainage is a problem. The cemetery is under active maintenance and restoration.

Cemetery webpage is here: http://www.grovelandma.com/Pages/GrovelandMA_Cemetery/index

Woodburys’ “Inscriptions” (record of all headstones, published in 1895) can be found here https://archive.org/details/inscriptionsfro00unkngoog

Older stones predominantly face South-West. Winter early morning when the sun casts light from the side is an optimal time for photography of the older stones. Late afternoon sun will wash out the inscriptions.

There is a shift from older schist headstones to cleaner slate stones ca. 1782. The older section is on your left when you enter the cemetery, this is where the 18th century stones can be found. The top of the hill dates roughly from 1800 to 1950, as you proceed down the wider slope on the North-East flank you come to the more modern stones. There are, of course, exceptions to that generalization.

Cemetery was fully photographed and catalogued on Find A Grave as of Aug 21, 2016.


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GPS Coordinates: 42.76897, -71.02155

  • Added: 2 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #91517