Pine Grove Cemetery (Lynn, Massachusetts)

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Pine Grove Cemetery
LynnMA PineGroveCemetery Chapel.jpg
The chapel
Pine Grove Cemetery (Lynn, Massachusetts) is located in Massachusetts
Pine Grove Cemetery (Lynn, Massachusetts)
Pine Grove Cemetery (Lynn, Massachusetts) is located in the United States
Pine Grove Cemetery (Lynn, Massachusetts)
LocationLynn, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°28′39″N 70°57′44″W / 42.47750°N 70.96222°W / 42.47750; -70.96222Coordinates: 42°28′39″N 70°57′44″W / 42.47750°N 70.96222°W / 42.47750; -70.96222
NRHP reference #14000364 [1]
Added to NRHPJune 27, 2014

Pine Grove Cemetery is a cemetery whose main entrance is on Boston Street in Lynn, Massachusetts. It was established in the mid-19th century and it consists of 82 developed acres. There are approximately 88,000 to 90,000 interments at the cemetery.


It was originally established as a private cemetery in 1849, with a design by Henry A. S. Dearborn, noted designer of Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was purchased by the city of Lynn in 1855.[2] In 1930, a wall was built by the WPA to surround the cemetery, and according to Ripley's Believe It or Not! it is the “second-longest contiguous stone wall in the world,” second only to the Great Wall of China. The cemetery got its name from the plethora of pine trees surrounding Rhodes Memorial Chapel and the cemetery's entrance. The cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.

Features and landmarks[edit]

Pine Grove Cemetery has many notable features and landmarks:

  • The cemetery office building, erected in 1860.
  • The Pine Grove Cemetery Receiving Tomb, constructed from 1866 to 1868. Built in a Ruskinian Gothic style, it was part of a building campaign following the Civil War. It is made of granite ashlar construction with a cast iron doorway.
  • The Rhodes Memorial Chapel, built in 1891. It was built using a donation from a Ms. Amos Rhodes in a Richardsonian Romanesque style. The stained glass windows are valued at over $10,000.
  • The Cemetery's greenhouse, whose operations have been noted throughout the country.

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. ^ "MACRIS inventory record for Pine Grove Cemetery". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-08-03.

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