Founded in 1831 as America’s First Garden Cemetery.
The 174-acre cemetery is important both for its historical aspects and for its role as an arboretum.
Envisioned as a garden cemetery, tombs, graves, and monuments are positioned around winding paths carved through lush and secluded forestry.
The graveyard stands as an American interpretation of the romantic ideals to be had in the design of Père Lachaise in Paris or Abney Park in London.
Washington Tower built in 1852-54.
Washington Tower Stairs
The 360 degree views atop Washington Tower.
Founded in 1831, Mt. Auburn Cemetery stands in stark contrast to the surrounding Colonial-era graveyards like Granary and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground in Boston.
Their version of riding the bull.
Another spirit rises.
More than 93,000 people are buried in the cemetery as of 2003. The cemetery is nondenominational and continues to make space available for new plots.
Better than Canada
The More You Know…Historical Edition
Mount Auburn Cemetery attracts over 200,000 visitors per year.
Rest in Comfort
Originally built in 1846 in a Gothic Revival style, Bigelow Chapel is a central structure illustrating the Mount Auburn Cemetery’s importance of linking a network of building landmarks to the landscape.
The Scots Charitable Society (est.1657) of Boston, Massachusetts, was established to provide relief for local, needy Scotch people, after proper investigation. It enjoys the distinction of being the oldest Scots society in America.
Respecting the oddities of Massachusetts since 1831.
You gotta have faith.
Mount Auburn’s collection of over 5,500 trees includes nearly 700 species and varieties.
No squeezing please.
The doors to heaven.
A life cut Short.
His and Hers
This door leads into the reception room where they used to keep the bodies prior to burial.