My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

America's First Garden Cemetery

"Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831 as 'America's first garden cemetery', or the first 'rural cemetery', with classical monuments set in a rolling landscaped terrain." This statement and a full history can be located on Wikipedia and photos of the most beautiful of cemeteries.  Personally, I think some people might think of it as a garden filled with sculpture. The official site for the Cemetery is located here, I decided to show the photos.

My husband I left rather early in the morning for the short drive to Cambridge, Massachusetts, we have been there before, but never to take pictures.  Of course I had to take some flowering shrub photos, as spring has just sprung, but it isn't fully in color.


(Above shot shows Boston in the distance.)


13 comments:

Betty said...

Wow! Gorgeous!

Heather Rojo said...

This is one of my favorite cemeteries! What a great time of the year to visit. Other garden cemeteries in the area are Greenlawn in Everett, and Harmony Grove in Salem, Mass. Each one is like a sculpture garden.

Barbara said...

Betty and Heather, it was a little overcast, and not green enough for me, but still. Heather, I have lots buried at Harmony Grove. Nobody in Greenlawn. Thanks for the comments.

Wendy said...

Oh my gosh, what a beautiful cemetery! When we get home, I need to visit it. It looks like a very restful (no pun intended) place.

Greta Koehl said...

Omigosh, one of my favorite cemeteries and bird-watching areas! Such memories.... Really one of my favorite haunts when I lived in Cambridge - for a poor graduate students the price was right!

Barbara said...

Greta and Wendy, You wrote at the exact time! And, had the same beginning words. I'm glad you enjoyed my shots, and I will go again and again, just for you all.

Sharon said...

That's gorgeous! Wouldn't it be nice if they all looked like that ;)

Barbara said...

Sharon, yes, it would be nice. This one is super hilly, but at least you can drive around and get lost!

Heather Rojo said...

Barbara, (and Greta!) I used to ride my bike around there when I was a student. I even took photos there back as an undergrad, but I have no idea where those photos are today. It would be fun to go back once a month to see the different plantings and birds over the seasons.

Kathy said...

Gorgeous cemetery. I love all the spring flowers and trees as well.

Barbara said...

Heather and Kathy, Thank you both for your comments.

Jenna said...

What a beautiful, restful place to be.

Barbara said...

Jenna, I agree, and I will go back soon.