Common Burying Ground at Sandy Bank

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Common Burying Ground at Sandy Bank
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Common Burying Ground at Sandy Bank is located in Massachusetts
Common Burying Ground at Sandy Bank
Common Burying Ground at Sandy Bank is located in the US
Common Burying Ground at Sandy Bank
Location Malden, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°25′3.1″N 71°4′14.66″W / 42.417528°N 71.0707389°W / 42.417528; -71.0707389Coordinates: 42°25′3.1″N 71°4′14.66″W / 42.417528°N 71.0707389°W / 42.417528; -71.0707389
Area 3.3 acres (1.3 ha)
Built 1649
Architect Joseph Lamson; James Foster
NRHP reference #

81000108

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Added to NRHP August 27, 1981

Common Burying Ground at Sandy Bank (also known as Bell Rock Cemetery) is a historic cemetery in Malden, Massachusetts. It occupies a roughly rectangular parcel of land 3.3 acres (1.3 ha) in size, bounded by Medford and Green Streets, Converse Avenue, and the Malden River on the west. It is the oldest cemetery in the city, established in 1649. Its earliest probable burial dates to that same year, although the oldest gravestone, that of Alice Brackenbury, bears the date 1670.[2] The Malden Public Library, in its local history collection,[3] has a multi-volume set of binders that contain alphabetically ordered photographs of every grave in Bell Rock Cemetery with the epitaphs on each gravestone transcribed below its picture. The cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.[1]

The cemetery serves as the final resting place for Michael Wigglesworth, a Puritan minister, doctor and poet whose poem, "The Day of Doom" was a very popular in early New England and remains so to this day.

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