Historic Newton manages the preservation of the graves and tombs of Newton’s three City-owned historic burying grounds:
The burying grounds are important as civic and cultural resources. Buried here are many of Newton’s earliest European settlers, as well as veterans of the Revolutionary War—families now commemorated in the names of the City’s streets, schools, public buildings, and parks.
The burying grounds also contain some of the finest examples of early American gravestone art—slate and marble monuments embellished with skulls, cherubs, urns, willows, and other motifs of mourning in an irreplaceable outdoor “gallery.”
Historic Newton has worked to restore a number of monuments and tombs. Each spring and fall, Historic Newton hosts volunteer cleanup initiatives at the burying grounds.
Restoring Newton’s Historic Burying Grounds
Burial Treasure: Newton’s First Cemetery
Graves at East Parish Burying Ground
Graves at West Parish Burying Ground
Graves at South Burying Ground
Where Newton Began: A Guide to the East Parish Burying Grounds (part one and part two) by Thelma Fleishman provides a thorough background on the people and families buried in one of the oldest burying grounds in the state of Massachusetts, with dates going back to 1660.