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Brigham Street Burial Ground

Historical Marker
Historical Marker

The oldest burial ground in Northborough is hiding in plain sight on Brigham Street near the intersection of South Street (RT135). It is a 3 acre lot that was used between 1728 and 1749.  The burials were primarily of the colonists living in Westborough’s “North Precinct” (now Northborough).  Although there are only a few headstones remaining, it is believed that some 50 to 70 burials may be present. Within the past several months the remaining headstones were cleaned and reset as part of a Community Preservation Act funded project.  A local genealogist (Beth Finch-McCarthy) has taken a particular interest in determining who is buried in the unmarked graves.  

For more information:

http://www.bfmresearch.com/2/category/cemeteries/2.html

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x1155177404/Researching-respecting-the-dead-in-Northborough

pages 236-239 in:http://books.google.com/books?id=4TEWAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=kent+%22northborough+History%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GAGcUo7MCYrdkQeX7IDQBA&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=kent%20%22northborough%20History%22&f=false       

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Rachelle Hughes-Berk December 06, 2013 at 08:25 AM
I find this burial ground fascinating - I live pretty close to it and have driven past it for years without even realizing what it was. I've walked through it several times. You can make out many unmarked graves from the mounds of stones present. I wonder where the grave markers went?
Prometheus December 06, 2013 at 11:05 AM
The symbols and carvings on those old stones are an interesting topic to look into on a rainy day too.
Norm Corbin December 06, 2013 at 11:53 AM
Over the past several years the "gravestone girls" have been in Northborough describing the meanings of the carvings on old headstones. If you ever have an opportunity to see one of their presentations, take advantage of it. Their website is: http://gravestonegirls.com/
Prometheus December 06, 2013 at 11:55 AM
I was actually turned to to the topic by them....I failed to remember their name....but I came across them at the Worcester Art Fest over the summer.

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