When you live in Somerville MA, you are surrounded by history. One of the many historic sites in the city is the Milk Row Cemetery. It’s going to be open for tours several days during the fall. The next one is Thursday, October 17th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Docents dressed in period costumes will lead visitors through the cemetery. Some of the graves of those who used to own Somerville MA homes go all the way back to Revolutionary times.
Milk Row Cemetery was founded in 1804. Samuel Tufts sold a parcel of his land for one dollar, “on the express condition that the same be improved for no other purpose than for a burying place.” This is the only cemetery in the city that predates the 20th century. In 1863, the citizens of the city contributed to build a marble memorial for soldiers killed in the Civil War.
Visit Milk Row If You LIve in Somerville MA
Milk Row Cemetery is also home to a number of fascinating and historic tombstones. There are several different types represented, all telling the story of the grave they mark, as well as the beliefs about death and the afterlife held by the people who erected them. Click here to read a short pamphlet about the cemetery’s history.
If you live in Somerville MA, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the history of your city. Click here for more information about the tours.