In spite of its proximity to the Spring Hill Meeting House, which was not sited nearby until 1806, the Spring Hill Cemetery predates the church by nearly 150 years. It is the oldest of the many burial grounds in Marlborough, commonly understood to have been established at the time the town was founded in 1660. Unfortunately, any early town records of the laying out of the first burial ground have been lost. Local historians, noting the fact that the location of the cemetery a half-mile away from the first meeting house was somewhat unusual for a New England town, have speculated that the settlers cautiously placed it some distance from the "Indian Planting Field". They had, in fact, built their original meeting house on a corner of that land, angering the native people, to whom the planting field had been granted by the government.
The earliest graves here were apparently unmarked, or had wooden markers. The first marked with a stone was that of Capt. Edward Hutchinson, who died in August of 1675 as a result of wounds received in the ambush near Brookfield during King Philip's War. He was not a native of Marlborough, but was brought here after he was shot, and died several days later.
The cemetery sits on 2.62 acres. The earliest (marked) death date is 1675 and latest ca. 1909. There are approximately 700 headstones.
The Massachusetts Historical Commission refers to this cemetery in MACRIS as MAB.800 Spring Hill Cemetery.
This cemetery is referred to as GR1 Spring Hill Cemetery in the "Vital Records of Marlboro Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849."
GPS Coordinates: 42.34813, -71.54295
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #91747
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