Mount Auburn Cemetery


Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831 by members of the newly organized Massachusetts Horticultural Society who believed that a tranquil, natural setting was most desirable for the burial and commemoration of the dead and for the consolation of the living.
This concept ( inspired, by the great european cemeteries such as Pere Lachaise ) was copied widely throughout the United States, giving birth to the "rural" cemetery movement and the tradition of garden cemeteries.
More than 90,000 people are interred in Mount Auburn's renowned landscape, a picturesque tapestry of memorials and great natural beauty.

 click here for a list of the famous buried at Mount Auburn

Hours. Visitors are welcome every day of the year from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. During daylight saving time, the gates stay open to 7 P.M. The Cemetery Office is open from 8:30 A.M. until 4:30 P.M. weekdays and from 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. on Saturdays.

Directions. The entrance is on Mount Auburn Street near the boundary of Cambridge and Watertown, approximately 1.5 miles west of Harvard Square, just west of Mount Auburn Hospital and Fresh Pond Parkway. The Cemetery is easily reached by public transportation from Harvard Square (#71 or #73 bus).


History of Mount Auburn Cemetery by Jacob Bigelow
(1988 reprint of 1860 original)Hardcover , Applewood Books

580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel 617-547-7105; FAX 617-876-4405
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