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A GARDEN OF GRAVES: VIEWS OF LOWELL CEMETERY
 
dedicated to a new purpose when it became a cemetery.  Mount Auburn and Lowell Cemetery were created on untouched sites of natural beauty as a measure of preserving the serene land adjoining a rapidly growing city.  George Worcester created a plan of avenues and paths, curving and winding along the natural contours of the land for a picturesque effect.  He named the avenues after prominent people like Washington, Franklin, and Tuckerman.  The paths he named for trees and shrubs such as Spruce, Laurel, and Wisteria.  Worcester also planned to place a series of ponds throughout the landscape.  Only one pond was created as the Proprietors opted for more green space.  In 1906 the pond was filled and sodded.
 

     To preserve the beauty of the cemetery, the Proprietors set up guidelines "Fences are an abomination."  Turf was encouraged as it is easy to maintain for the longest period of time.  Families burdened with an unexpected death were encouraged to make use of the cemetery's receiving tombs so as not to "hurriedly erect
  

your monumental work.  Take time and give yourself the opportunity to exercise taste."

     A story in the August 19, 1906, edition of the Telegram modestly assessed the quality of Lowell Cemetery:

     Lots in Lowell Cemetery average 300 
     square feet, and each of these is kept in 
     condition for $3.50 and less annually. 
     Contrast this careful, economical 
     management with that of the Edson 
     Cemetery, our Municipal burying ground
     where the lots average 150 square
     feet and the managers use the trust funds 
     in bulk, applying them to whatever 
     purpose they see fit!

     By 1905, there were over 14,500 bodies interred in the cemetery's  84 acres.  Internments averaged about 200 a year.  Throughout the landscape can be found a variety of styles: cross, pedestal, the obelisk, scroll, urn, broken column, slab, altar, and tablet.  All are emblems of hope

  

Tucke Family Plot
 
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