Wildwood Cemetery

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Wildwood Cemetery
WinchesterMA WildwoodCemetery.jpg
Wildwood Cemetery is located in Massachusetts
Wildwood Cemetery
Wildwood Cemetery is located in the US
Wildwood Cemetery
Location 34 Palmer Street, Winchester, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°27′17″N 71°8′48″W / 42.45472°N 71.14667°W / 42.45472; -71.14667Coordinates: 42°27′17″N 71°8′48″W / 42.45472°N 71.14667°W / 42.45472; -71.14667
Area 70.5 acres (28.5 ha)
Built 1851
Architect Amasa Farrier
Part of Middlesex Canal Historic and Archaeological District (#09000936)
MPS Winchester MRA
NRHP Reference # 89000658[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP July 5, 1989
Designated CP November 19, 2009

Wildwood Cemetery is a historic cemetery at Palmer and Wildwood Streets in Winchester, Massachusetts.

The cemetery was founded in 1851 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. This cemetery was established using part of the $3000 gift from Colonel William P. Winchester that was donated on condition that the town be named after him.[2] It was one of the first public spaces laid out after Winchester was incorporated,[3] on land just west of the former Middlesex Canal.[4] It is laid out in the rural cemetery fashion popular in the mid-19th century, with winding lanes a country landscaping. The designer was Amasa Farrier of neighboring Stoneham, who used as his inspiration the published works of Andrew Jackson Downing and John Claudius Loudon. Land was purchased in 1851, and was ready for use the following year. Older graves from the small cemetery at the First Congregational Church were transferred here in 1853. As a result, the oldest dated burials are in 1805.[3]

Notable persons buried in the cemetery include Massachusetts Governor Samuel Walker McCall (1851-1923), Rev. Howard James Chidley (1878-1966), engineer Harold Kilbrith Barrows (1873-1954), linguist Joshua Whatmough (1897-1964), artist Joseph Foxcroft Cole (1837-1892), and artist Dana Pond (1881-1962).[5] It is also the burial ground for many members of locally prominent families, including members of the Symmes, Locke, Richardson, and Johnson families.[3]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Frank Sleeper, Winchester, p. 118 (Arcadia Publishing 1995).
  3. ^ a b c "NRHP nomination for Wildwood Cemetery". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  4. ^ "MACRIS inventory record for Middlesex Canal in Winchester". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  5. ^ Thomas Spencer. Where They're Buried: A Directory Containing More Than Twenty Thousand Names of Notable Persons Buried in American Cemeteries, with Listings of Many Prominent People who Were Cremated (Genealogical Publishing, 1998).