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Lowell Cemetery, Lowell

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Lowell Cemetery is a cemetery located in Lowell, Massachusetts. Founded in 1841 and located on the banks of the Concord River, the cemetery is one of the oldest garden cemeteries in the nation, inspired by Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Many of Lowell's wealthy industrialists are buried here, under ornate Victorian tombstones. A 73acre portion of the 84acre cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.Description and historyThe cemetery is located in the central eastern part of the city, roughly bounded on the north by Fort Hill Park, on the east by Shedd Park, on the south by railroad tracks, and on the west by the Concord River, from which it is separated by Lawrence Street, where its historic main gate is located. It occupies 84 acres of rolling terrain, much of which has been developed. The main gate is a moumental granite structure designed by C. W. Painter and built in 1862. There is a secondary gate on Knapp Avenue at the cemetery's northeast corner, which was added in 1905. There are two buildings in the cemetery: the Talbot Memorial Chapel (1885) and the Superintendent's Office (1887), both Gothic Revival structures designed by Boston architect Frederick Stickney.Roadways in the cemetery were laid out to take advantage of the natural terrain, occasionally providing vistas. The main circulation route, Washington Avenue, roughly encircles the property, with several roads providing access across the central areas. The cemetery was laid out in 1841 to a design by George P. Worcester, a civil engineer, applying principles of the rural cemetery movement that was then just coming into vogue. The cemetery has a wide variety of funerary art in diverse styles, from typical Victorian forms to the Egyptian Revival and Art Deco. Many prominent Lowell residents of the 19th and 20th centuries are interred here.
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  • September 7, 2017
    Lovely place to take a walk. The grounds are beautiful with hilly areas and flat ones, old and new interesting gravestones to read, and lovely flowers, trees and shrubs to admire. The cemetery is larg...  more »
  • May 14, 2017
    The Lowell Cemetery is a Victorian garden cemetery so it is a great place for a walk. Rick Howe leads a tour of the many memorial monuments and there are many fascinating lives of people buried there....  more »
  • May 6, 2017
    Beautiful spring blooms everywhere; daffodils, tulips, and azaleas. The monuments and sculptures were intriguing with dates, details, and quotes. Much larger than we expected. Very interesting tour.  more »
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  • May 27, 2016
    My grandmother and grandfather grew up in Lowell and are buried at the Lowell Cemetery. I've never been to visit and my wife and I are going for the first time this Memorial Day. I can't wait to go and see. I never got to go to their grave so I'm excited to visit.
  • November 21, 2015
    I am so lucky to live near this beautiful place. We walk through here all the time. It is really a gorgeous garden that happens to also memorialize the lives of others. The cemetery has some wonderful stories and monuments. There is a witch, a lion and book chair. They are building a Columbarium to memorialize those who are cremated. If you like history and gardens this is a wonderful place to wander around in. There are two entrances, one on Lawrence Street and one on Knapp avenue the road behind Shedd Park.
  • January 7, 2017
    Love it !
  • July 29, 2016
    Feels like an arboretum

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