There are quite a few cemeteries in the city, all sizes, some private and one, the Hildreth Cemetery is always locked, this is where Major General Benjamin F. Butler was buried. A list of all cemeteries was prepared by several agencies and groups and may be seen HERE.
I will only discuss in order, the Lowell Cemetery (private), the Edson Cemetery (City of Lowell), and the St. Patrick Cemetery (private).
Virtual tour of Lowell Cemetery by Richard Howe. Great information and photos.
Below are photos of the two entrances and a brochure of the cemetery, with map and listing of all street names with a grid.
The Lowell Cemetery
77 Knapp Avenue
|Lawrence Street Entrance|
|Knapp Street Entrance|
The Edson Cemetery, 1375 Gorham Street
The 1845 Edson Cemetery is large, but because the roads are wide and the entire area if flat, it's easy to find your way around, especially if you stop in the office for directions and information. I have done a lot of look-ups here and found the staff very helpful. From their website is the below information:
"The Edson Cemetery Office is located at 1375 Gorham Street and can be easily reached as follows:
- Off of 495 or Route 3 take the Lowell Connector exit
- From the Lowell Connector take exit 5A, South Lowell
- Follow the ramp onto Gorham Street
- Follow the road, and once you go under the black “Prince Spaghettiville” bridge you will start to see Cemeteries on your right hand side
- The Edson Cemetery is the last Cemetery on the right.
- You will see a fork in the road with a Citgo gas station; we are on the right BEFORE the fork in the road.
- The office is a small white cottage right at the main entrance to Edson Cemetery.
Additional comments, questions or concerns? Please contact the Cemetery office at 978-970-3323."
The Find A Grave site states there are 3,580 burials and 51% have been photographed.
Entrance to the cemetery, photo taken under gate. Office on the right, with plenty parking. Writer Jack Kerouac is buried here (map and photos from my blog).
1251 Gorham Street approximately one mile from the Lowell Connector.
Phone: (978) 458-8464
St. Patrick Cemetery is next door to the Edson Cemetery, so it is also very flat and looks similar. There is a large gate, locked at night, and the office is on the right. Per their information, "Records from 1832 to 1894 at St. Patrick Cemetery are incomplete and are not available online at this point in time. They do have Genealogy Burial Listings from 1895 thru 2011.
According to FindAGrave, there are 46,903 interments and 25% have been photographed.
This cemetery has the most detailed website, with everything you want to know, like a map, and complete listing of everybody buried there. In addition, some show the funeral director's name. Many Lowell Catholics were buried here.
Cemetery Office on the right, as you enter through the gate.
My recent post, Doing Genealogy in Lowell, Massachusetts? Here is Help might help in your research.