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Originally called the East Burying Ground (the cemetery was renamed Fairview in 1896), Westford's first place of burial came into use before the founding of the town in 1729. While still considered Chelmsford's West Precinct, Abram Wright was interred here in 1702. This is the earliest recorded burial although there were likely previous occupants.
Given its status as the town's oldest, largest and most fashionable resting place, it attracted the leading industrialists, politicians, ministers as well as mill hands and farmers.
The cemetery sits on 10.45 acres. The earliest death date is ca. 1702 and it is still in use today. In 2001 it was listed as having over 10,000 stones.
The Massachusetts Historical Commission refers to this cemetery in MACRIS as WSR.806.
This cemetery is referred to as GR1 Fairview Cemetery in the "Vital Records of Westford Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849" and GR5 Fairview Cemetery, Westford in the "Vital Records of Chelmsford Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849".