Established in 1875
newly formed Maple Grove Cemetery Association was that it would not have to raise funds ahead of time to purchase the land.
The rural cemetery movement emerged in the United States during the 1830’s as urban areas grappled with the public health concerns related to overcrowded and unsanitary living conditions. These challenges, combined with a sense of nostalgia for the quiet beauty of the countryside, led to the establishment of so-called garden, or rural, cemeteries outside the cities. Mt. Auburn Cemetery was the first such cemetery to be established (1831) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Through the years it has stood as a model for the development of many cemeteries across the country.
area's commercial and residential development. The pastoral landscape of Maple Grove Cemetery took many years to develop. Winding roads were built, the lake was developed, and fences added. Three years after the founding of Maple Grove Cemetery, a new railroad station opened nearby. As early as 1879, Maple Grove Cemetery issued 300 maps to encourage public use of the property. As railroad patronage increased, the Cemetery Association distributed railroad tickets to try to attract visitors to the park-like cemetery.
Although charming and historic, the James Ware building had become cramped, technology-challenged and was unable to support family comforts and needs. The construction of The Center marked a turning point in Maple Grove’s history and service to the community. Designed to meet the changes of the 21st Century and beyond, The Center forges a link between the cemetery (present, future and past) and the community.
A Historic Community Landmark
Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Maple Grove Cemetery has been honored by many fine families as the final resting place for their loved ones.
The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is the United States federal government’s official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation. Its goals are to help property owners and interest groups, such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, coordinate, identify, and protect historic sites in the United States.
Maple Grove Cemetery features the fascinating stories of such noteworthy individuals as: