Place:Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

NameMount Auburn Cemetery
Coordinates42.370556°N 71.145833°W
Located inCambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States     (1831 - )
Also located inMiddlesex, Massachusetts, United States    


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Mount Auburn Cemetery in Massachusetts was founded in 1831 as "America's first garden cemetery" or "rural cemetery". With classical monuments set in a rolling landscaped terrain,[1] it marked a distinct break with Colonial-era burying grounds and church-affiliated graveyards. The appearance of this type of landscape coincides with the rising popularity of the term "cemetery", derived from the Greek for "a sleeping place." This language and outlook eclipsed the previous harsh view of death and the afterlife embodied by old graveyards and church burial plots. The cemetery is important both for its historical aspects and for its role as an arboretum. It is Watertown’s largest contiguous open space and extends into Cambridge to the east, adjacent to the Cambridge City and Sand Banks cemeteries. It was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 2003 for its pioneering role in 19th-century cemetery development.


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