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Walnut Hills Cemetery

Category: Cemetery
Size: 45.26 acres
Protection: None
Manager: Brookline DPW, Parks and Open Space Division
Location: Grove Street
Precinct: 16
Inventory Date: N/A
Vicinity: Located between Allandale Farm and Putterham Branch Library.

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.

Park History:
The Town acquired a portion of the land in 1874 (~30 acres), and 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 two additional adjacent parcels.  Many improvements have been made through the years, and the Cemetery is still active, with new internments each year.

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

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