Nemasket Hill Cemetery is located on Plymouth Street in Middleboro in a country setting of rolling hills along the Nemasket River. It is one of the oldest cemeteries in Plymouth County with burials dating back to the 1600′s.
(excerpt from History of the Town of Middleboro, by Mertie E. Romaine vol. II, pp. 215-216)
“The oldest cemetery in Middleboro, and undoubtedly one of the oldest in this section of the country, Nemasket Hill Cemetery is a part of territory known as the Twenty-six Men’s Purchase, bought from the Indian Wampatuck by Thomas Southworth as agent for the twenty-six proprietors who allotted this section of land for the burial of their dead. By a special act of legislature, Nemasket Hill Cemetery Association was incorporated March 24, 1885. The Association continued to hold annual meetings. ”
In The News:
Bob Perry, Director of TopoGraphix from New Hampshire visits Nemasket Hill Cemetery:
(PICTURE TAKEN BY KATHLEEN GRACE)
Board of Trustees present for demonstration of the GPR survey (Ground Penetrating Radar) were Robert A. Jackson, Lorenzo Wood VI, Charles Washburn IV and James R. LeRoy. Also present was Nemasket Hill Cemetery’s superintendent Glenn Shurtleff. Many old cemetery mapping systems utilized old paper maps and file cards to document burial records. The oldest cemetery in Middleboro will be embarking on the latest method of mapping which will include satellite images, GPR surveying and laser distance measuring. Given the historic significance of Nemasket Hill Cemetery and the unique topography involved, Robert Perry’s expertise in specializing in historic burial site studies will be invaluable for preserving history for future generations. The media study of the cemetery will include videos and 360-degree virtual tours. Check back for updates!
You may have noticed the addition of a wall (which will be covered with ivy) with black boxes. This is a new area to the cemetery called Memorial Park. It contains niches for urn interments as well as areas for standard interments.
There are local engraving contractors who have mobile engraving equipment. If interested, we can provide more information about these vendors. Please note that engraving incurs additional fees.
(PICTURE TAKEN BY ROBERT GARDNER)
For additional information about our niches, including applicable interment fees, please contact: Glenn Shurtleff, Superintendent of Nemasket Hill Cemetery. (508) 965-5408