Hope Cemetery (Worcester, Massachusetts)

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Hope Cemetery
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Hope Cemetery (Worcester, Massachusetts) is located in Massachusetts
Hope Cemetery (Worcester, Massachusetts)
Hope Cemetery (Worcester, Massachusetts) is located in the US
Hope Cemetery (Worcester, Massachusetts)
Location 119 Webster St., Worcester, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°14′10″N 71°49′34″W / 42.23611°N 71.82611°W / 42.23611; -71.82611Coordinates: 42°14′10″N 71°49′34″W / 42.23611°N 71.82611°W / 42.23611; -71.82611
Area 168 acres (68 ha)
Built 1854
Architect Stephen Earle, Fuller & Delano
NRHP Reference # 97001560[1]
Added to NRHP December 22, 1997

Hope Cemetery is an historic rural cemetery at 119 Webster Street in Worcester, Massachusetts. Established in 1854, it was the city's sixth public cemetery, and is the burial site of remains originally interred at its first five cemeteries. Its landscaping and funerary art are examplars of the rural cemetery movement, and the cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. The cemetery occupies 168 acres (68 ha).[2]

Description and history[edit]

Hope Cemetery is located in far southern Worcester, atop a rise known as Webster Hill, which has commanding views to the north and east, including the campuses of Clark University and Holy Cross College. The cemetery was laid out, probably by a landscape designer (although none has been identified), in the rural cemetery style, with winding lanes that take advantage of the terrain. It also includes horticultural plantings of note, another hallmark of the rural cemetery style, including several distinguished specimens of beech, Norway maple, sugar maple, cedar, ash, and oak trees.[3]

Worcester's first burying ground was located at Thomas and Summer Streets, and was established in 1713, and had seventeen graves marked by stone mounds, and the second burying ground, located on the Worcester Common, had more than 100 burials, all of which were relocated here in the 20th century. The third burying ground, Raccoon Plain, was a small cemetery with sixteen burials, all of which were reinterred here in 1857. The fourth burying ground, at Mechanic Street, had more than 1000 burials, which were moved here in 1878-79. The Pine Meadow Burying Ground's 658 interments were relocated here between 1862 and 1878.[3]

Notable interments[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Friends of Hope Cemetery
  3. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Hope Cemetery". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2015-09-30.