A Quiet Place on the Banks of the Neponset River
SPECIAL NOTICE — CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19
Because of the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the Cemetery is taking the necessary precautions to protect the safety of our visitors and our employees. Our facilities are available for Employees only until further notice.
The Cemetery gates will remain open from 7:00am until 6:00pm daily.
The Cemetery office and buildings on the Cemetery grounds will be closed until further notice. Our staff is conducting business by contacting the Cemetery office at 617-825-1360.
The Cemetery office will be closed Saturday mornings until further notice.
Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for the inconvenience.
A major restoration of the Gilman Chapel is entering its second phase.
Fall cleanup on the cemetery grounds is starting.
The Greenhouse is closed for the season.
We hope to see everyone back in the Spring of 2021!
CEDAR GROVE CEMETERY was organized three years after the end of the Civil War when Dorchester was still an independent town. The land granted for burials was in the southernmost area of the town, bordering on the Neponset River and downstream from the Milton lower falls. It was blanketed with cedar trees and rose gently over a puddingstone ledge. There was a small pond, filled in many years ago, near today’s main entrance. The area was home to a variety of bird life and small animals, remote in a rural setting.
Now, more than 150 years later, the twenty-first century has burgeoned around this peaceful spot. Still, the Cemetery has managed to preserve its identity as a green patch of nature, a place for quiet contemplation amidst the surrounding bustle and tumult.
It is no accident that Cedar Grove Cemetery enjoys this distinction. Its Trustees, now and in the past, have made it a policy to maintain the natural beauty and protect its unique ecology while providing the community with those services for which it was organized. Today, in the early years of the twenty-first century, the Cemetery is, and will continue to be, committed to this policy.
Cedar Grove Cemetery takes pride in its natural beauty and formal gardens. The Cemetery is non-sectarian, and is managed by a Board of Trustees as a non-profit organization. As a wildlife sanctuary, we have sightings of deer, geese, turkeys, pheasants, groundhogs, rabbits, hawks, and raccoons. All of the flowers for our Spring planting program and our flower areas are grown in our greenhouse. We also have flowers for sale to the public from about mid-May to the end of July.
We cordially invite you to visit us, inquire about space, have a tour, or just enjoy our beautiful grounds.