Hingham Cemetery is one of the few historic cemeteries in the United States dating back to the 17th century that still offers burial space.
Along with regular burial lots available in most areas, the cemetery also offers the special Veterans Area, a fitting place for our country’s veterans and their dependants beneath the town’s Civil War monument and overlooking Hingham Harbor.
A Memorial Garden for cremations beneath flowering dogwoods and azaleas is a popular choice as well. Ashes only are interred within a center oval of myrtle, and memorialization of names and birth and death dates are inscribed on surrounding pavers. Benches surrounding the garden offer a place for peaceful contemplation.
In order to preserve and maintain the tranquil, historic, and artistic nature of this 13-acre cemetery, the Directors have responsibly drawn up guidelines for both monument design and horticulture decoration.
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This beautiful site is located on the second highest hill in the cemetery and overlooks Hingham Harbor. Gravesites sit directly under the shadow of the town’s 30-foot Soldiers’ and Sailors Monument, dedicated to its Civil War heroes in 1870. The area is reserved solely for veterans, their spouses, and dependent children, just as in all U.S. National Cemeteries. (Hingham’s Veterans Agent can supply particulars.)
In 1994 Hingham Cemetery recognized the lack of a burial ground specifically reserved for veterans who have given their lives for their country. The directors petitioned the town for permission to establish the Veterans Area under the town’s Civil War obelisk. Permission was quickly granted, with the understanding that the look of the area would remain as it was originally designed--a flat landscape uninterrupted by upright monuments. Today, all monuments are restricted to flat government-issued markers for the veterans and similar markers of the same size and fabrication for spouses and dependent children.
On Memorial Day, the entire cemetery is graced with hundreds of American Flags, donated by the town of Hingham and erected by the Boy and Girl Scouts of Hingham. Special attention is given to the Veterans Area with the base of the central obelisk adorned with a floral wreath and geranium plantings.
The Memorial Garden in Hingham Cemetery was opened in 2001 for the interment of cremated remains. The formal garden is located atop one of the Cemetery's highest points and is set among flowering dogwoods, azaleas, mountain laurel and rhododendrons. This peaceful site provides for simple, in-ground burial of ashes in the center garden and offers benches for quiet contemplation and remembrance.
Our Memorial Garden is intended to appeal to those who cherish the formal, traditional gardens of the past and who wish to choose a burial that will provide perpetual beauty for the living as well as the dead. It was designed for those who desire simplicity, using only a name and dates of birth and death on Cemetery-owned granite paving stones within the garden rather than on an individual monument.
In the burial space provided, cremated ashes are placed directly into the earth in the center garden beneath a bed of myrtle. No containers are allowed. Over time the remains become part of the ecosystem of the Garden and are not recoverable.
The Friends of Hingham Cemetery is entirely Non Profit and depends on your tax deductible donations to maintain this historic property.
Please consider making a donation to the Friends of Hingham Cemetery for future generations to enjoy.
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