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