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Walnut Hills Cemetery

Features

  1. Benches/Seating
  2. Cemetery
  3. Parking
  4. Walkway/Paths/Trails

Amenities


  • Size: 45.26 acres
  • Protection: None
  • Precinct: 16
  • Inventory Date: None
  • Vicinity: Located between Allandale Farm and Putterham Branch Library

Park History


This is Brookline’s second oldest municipal burial ground. The park-like setting with mature trees and puddingstone outcrops makes this area an attraction for walkers and birders. Many past prominent citizens of the town, including Trinity Church architect H.H. Richardson, are buried here.

The town acquired a portion of the land in 1874, about 30 acres. Walnut Hills Cemetery opened in 1875. Like the Old Burying Ground, Walnut Hills Cemetery’s design was significantly influenced by the 19th century rural cemetery movement, leading to a picturesque landscape with abundant plantings and pathways, and varied topography. In 1926, Walnut Hills Cemetery expanded by 14.58 acres, when the town purchased 2 additional adjacent parcels. Many improvements have been made through the years, and the cemetery is still active, with new internments each year.


Deed / Title / Restrictions


The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.