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Mount Auburn Cemetry, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Entrance gate
Egyptian revival entrance to Mount Auburn Cemetery

Mount Auburn Cemetry, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Mount Auburn Cemetery

Mary Baker Eddy Memorial
Mary Baker Eddy Memorial

Mount Auburn Cemetery s been designated a National Historic Landmark by the Department of the Interior, recognizing it as one of the country's most significant cultural landscapes. Founded in 1831, it was the first large-scale designed landscape open to the public in the United States. Today its beauty, historical associations and horticultural collections are internationally renowned.

Our founders believed that burying and commemorating the dead was best done in a tranquil and beautiful natural setting at a short distance from the city center. They also believed that the Cemetery should be a place for the living, "embellishing" the natural landscape with ornamental plantings, monuments, fences, fountains and chapels. This inspired concept was copied widely throughout the United States, giving birth to the rural cemetery movement and the tradition of garden cemeteries. Their popularity led, in turn, to the establishment of America's public parks.

Mount Auburn is the final resting place of thousands of distinguished people. Here are a few:

Nathaniel Bowditch (1773 - 1838), navigator and mathematician
Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893), rector of Trinity Church, Boston, Episcopal Bishop
Charles Bulfinch (1763 - 1844), architect
Mary Baker Eddy (1821 - 1910), religious leader
Buckminster Fuller (1895 - 1983), architect, visionary
Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840 - 1924), art patron
Charles Dana Gibson (1867 - 1944), artist
Asa Gray (1810 - 1888), botanist
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894), author and poet
Winslow Homer (1836 - 1910), artist
Julia Ward Howe (1819 - 1910), reformer and author
Harriet Jacobs (1813 - 1897), author and abolitionist
Edwin H. Land (1909 - 1991), inventor, photography pioneer
Henry Cabot Lodge (1850 - 1924), U.S. Senator
Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. (1902-1985), U.S. Senator
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882), poet
Amy Lowell (1874 - 1925), poet
James Russell Lowell (1819 - 1891), poet
Bernard Malamud (1914 - 1986), novelist
Josiah Quincy (1772 - 1864), Mayor of Boston
Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin (1842 - 1924), civil rights leader, journalist
Charles Sumner (1811 - 1874), abolitionist and U.S. Senator

Further Information:

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Mount Auburn Cemetery on Find a Grave
Civil War memorial
Civil War memorial
Jacob Bigelow's grave
Cemetery designer Dr. Jacob Bigelow's grave

Mary Wigglesworth

born Jan 29, 1893
died Dec 19, 1894
A monument in the cemetery of Mount Auburn   A monument in the cemetery of Mount Auburn

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