Center Cemetery

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Center Cemetery
WorthingtonMA CenterCemetery.jpg
Center Cemetery is located in Massachusetts
Center Cemetery
Center Cemetery is located in the US
Center Cemetery
Location Worthington, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°23′40″N 72°56′36″W / 42.39444°N 72.94333°W / 42.39444; -72.94333Coordinates: 42°23′40″N 72°56′36″W / 42.39444°N 72.94333°W / 42.39444; -72.94333
Built 1774
Architect G. Fleming
NRHP Reference # 04000084[1]
Added to NRHP February 26, 2004

Center Cemetery is a historic cemetery on the south side of Sam Hill Road in Worthington, Massachusetts. The 2.4-acre (0.97 ha) cemetery was established c. 1774 (the date of its earliest marker), and continues to be used today. Its burials include many of the founders and early settlers of Worthington, and of families influential in the growth and development of the town.

The roughly rectangular plot is set off from its surroundings by a stone wall on three sides, with a line of mature sugar maples just inside the walls, and running along the fourth side. The walls at one time had wooden fencing mounted on them, but this has been removed. Movement within the cemetery is via a turf cart path that skirts its perimeter, just inside the line of trees, and a series of paths laid out in a grid. The oldest stones are in the lowest, westernmost portion of the cemetery. Most of the over 600 stones are marble, with most of the rest made of granite.[2]

The cemetery listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Center Cemetery". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2013-12-16.