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Old Burying Ground

Category: Cemetery
Size: 1.54 acres
Protection: None
Manager: Brookline DPW, Parks and Open Space Division
Location: Walnut Street
Precinct: 15
Inventory Date: na
Vicinity: Near Route 9, surrounded by a mix of both residential and commercial buildings.
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Overview:
Brookline's first cemetery, consecrated in 1717. Many past prominent citizens of the Town are buried here.

Park History:
The Old Burying Ground, also known as Walnut Street Cemetery, dates to 1717 but its appearance today reflects the ideals of the 19th century rural cemetery movement. Dramatic topography is concealed behind stone walls on this relatively small site. A narrow valley separates two hillocks with rows of vaulted mound tombs. Located at the eastern end of the Town Green Historic District at the corner of Walnut Street and Chestnut Road, the cemetery is no longer active, although the last internment was in 1995.

 


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