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Mt. Auburn Cemetery Walk

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2022
  • 11:00 AM
  • Mt. Auburn Street Entrance, Cambridge
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Join Meredith for an approximately 3.3  mile walk around Mt Auburn Cemetery.  The paths are mostly paved with very little elevation change; probably a 2-hour duration.

Mount Auburn Cemetery is the first rural, or garden, cemetery in the United States, located on the line between Cambridge and Watertown,4 miles (6.4 km) west of Boston. It is the burial site of many prominent Boston Brahmins, as well as being a National Historic Landmark.

Dedicated in 1831 and set with classical monuments in a rolling landscaped terrain, it marked a distinct break with Colonial-era burying grounds and church-affiliated graveyards. The appearance of this type of landscape coincides with the rising popularity of the term "cemetery," derived from the Greek for "a sleeping place," instead of graveyard. This language and outlook eclipsed the previous harsh view of death and the afterlife embodied by old graveyards and church burial plots.

The 174-acre (70 ha) cemetery is important both for its historical aspects and for its role as an arboretum. It is Watertown's largest contiguous open space and extends into Cambridge to the east, adjacent to the Cambridge City Cemetery and Sand Banks Cemetery. It was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 2003 for its pioneering role in 19th-century cemetery development.  

For further information check out this website

 Parking is available either at the entrance or along one of the roadways.  We will meet in front of the brick reception building at the Mt Auburn Street entrance.

AS NO PICNICS are allowed on the grounds I have located a nearby park with picnic tables and parking that is easily reachable from Mt. Auburn.  

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