Postal Code: 01338
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Old Cemetery Number One
"G.R.2" in Mass. Vital Records to 1850 [tan books] referred to as "Buckland Center Cemetery," "Mary Lyon Cemetery," and/or "Church Cemetery."
located on the east side of the First Congregational Church of Buckland,[organized in 1785], commonly known as the Mary Lyon Church.
This cemetery borders Cross Street on the south; accessible from the church's Upper Street driveway on the west.
Rows run north/south, stones face east/west with carvings on nearly all stones being on the west facing side. Because of trees/shade, the best time of day to view the face of most of the stones is in the afternoon, 2 pm to 4pm - or bring a mirror to catch the light.
At its northern boundary, this cemetery borders Center Cemetery aka Cemetery No. 03's southeast boundary.
According to The History of Buckland 1779-1935 by Fannie Shaw Kendrick, this is the first cemetery in town, part of the land deeded in 1799. Kendrick writes that burials took place here as early as 1777.
The grounds are maintained by the Town of Buckland. In the spring of 2017, the town hired Kai Nalenz of Gravestone Services of New England to preserve and repair the stones here. He did what he could in the time and budget alloted. Considering the deterioration and amount of work needed, it is hoped funds will be made available so he will be able to return in 2018 to continue the work he started.