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Welcome to the Pine Grove Cemetery

The Pine Grove Cemetery
in Lynn, Massachusetts municipally owned cemetery.  Established in the mid 1800’s, it boasts a variety of historically significant features and landmarks.  The cemetery consists of approximately 250 acres of which 82 developed and houses between 88,000 and 90,000 interments. The Pine Grove Cemetery Office is opened for Lot Sales, by appointment only.

List Pine Grove Cemetery Office
  Contact
Email
Phone
Fax
Address
Helen Fortucci | Clerk
hfortucc@lynnma.gov
(781) 268-8000 Ext: 13
(781) 477-7074
c/o Dept. of Public Works
250 Commercial St
Lynn, Ma 01905

Pine Grove Cemetery Clean Up | Starting March 1, 2014

DPW Acting Commissioner JT Gaucher and Pine Grove Cemetery Chairman Arthur Dulong have announced to the community that per Pine Grove Cemetery Rules and Regulations, commencing March 1, 2014, the Department of Public Works, Cemetery Division, will begin the process of removing from cemetery lots all winter planters and miscellaneous items that interferes with the annual SPRING CLEANUP and maintenance of the cemetery grounds.

Vigil Lights will not be removed. This effort will continue through April l5, 2014, pending any weather delays.

Any resident having questions or needing additional information may contact the Lynn DPW, Cemetery Division: Helen Fortucci (781) 268-8000 x13

2012 Pine Grover Cemetery Rates | Effective January 1, 2012

List 2012 Services
    Resident Non-Res.
 

Adult Internment Over 10 Years Years Old

$880 $1,380
  Child 1 Years to 10 Years Old $250 $250
  Stillborn Up To 1 Year Old $200 $200
  Interment of Cremated Remains
(Container must be non-biodegradable)
$300 $300
  Entombment Fee $700 $700
  Saturday Interment | Additional Charge
(Closed contractual holidays see below)
$500 $500
  New Year's, Martin Luther King, President's, Patriot's, Memorial, Independence, Labor, Columbus, Veteran's, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day
  Late Arrival Charge | Monday thru Friday | Arrival 2 PM and After $200 $200
  Public Welfare Burial | Lynn Residents Only
(Includes outside container)
$500 N/A
  Disinterment $1,210 $1,210
  Reinterment $880 $880
  Disinterment and Reinterment of a Vault $1,650 $1,650
  Grave Box $400 $400
  Double Depth Lawn Crypt $650 $650
  Tent Rental (First Come-First Serve Basis) $130 $130
  Recording Fee $50 $50
  Shrub Removal (For 2 Shrubs) $110 $110
  "Imitation" Burial Set Up Charge $300 $300
  Perpetual Care - Veterans Lots Effective 10.17.1983
(WWI Lot excluded)
$100 $100
List 2012 Lots
    Resident Non-Res.
  Cremation Lot for 4 | Flush Memorial $440 $770
  Single Grave | Flush Memorial $750 $1,320
  Single Grave | Upright Memorial $880 $1,320
  Two-Grave Lot, Double Depth, Upright Memorial $1,375 $1,980
  Multi-Grave-Lots-Upright Memorial (Per Grave) $880 $1,320
  Baby Graves (42"Lx24"W) $250 $450
  (Container must be Comb. Vault such as plastic or fiberglass and not exceed size of grave)
List 2012 Grave Re-Use
    Resident Non-Res.
  Reuse Fee $880 $880
List 2012 Foundations
  Foundations | Per Square Foot $100  
  Minimum Charge | Foundations $200  
  Charge for Setting Markers in Private Lots $50  
  Charge for Setting Veterans Marker    
  Veterans Lots Only $25  
  Private Lots $125  
  No Charge for Foundation in Angel Lot    
  Set Fee With Purchase of a New Lot (Must be paid at time of purchase)
    Single Graves | Both Fflush and Upright $200  
    2-Grave Lot d.d., upright $200  
    2-Grave Lot, side-by-side $300  
    3 Grave Lot, side-by-side $400  
    4-5-6 Grave Lot, side-by-side $500  
    6-Grave Lot (3 in front, 3 in back) $400  
    8-Grave Lot (4 in front, 4 in back) $500  
       
  Guaranteed Funds Only - Bank Check, Money Order or Funeral Home Check Only

Pine Grove Cemetery Gate Hours | Opening and Closing

CEMETERY GROUNDS CLOSE AT DUSK

GATE HOURS OPEN
Main 24 Hours a Day
Parkland Avenue
Springvale Avenue
North Bend Street
Monday Through Friday
7:30AM Until 2:30PM
Legal Holidays All Gates Open
Month of May All Gates Open
In the Event of Weather Related Snow Emergencies
All Gates Will Remain Open
For Plowing Operations

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32 Whole Cemetery
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31 Mount Dearborn Hill
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30 Rose Path
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29 Main Avenue
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28 Forest Avenue
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27 Lily Path
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26 Linden Avenue
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25 Chapel Avenue
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24 Chestnut Avenue
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23 Maple Avenue
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22 Jasmine Path
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21 Beech Path
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20 Sycamore Avenue
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19 Poplar Avenue
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18 Birch Avenue
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17 WWI Veterans Lot
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16 Ailanthus Avenue
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15 Willow Avenue
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14 Larch Avenue
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13 Willow Avenue
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12 Genista Avenue
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11 Buttonwood Avenue
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10 Hemlock Avenue
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9 Locust Avenue
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8 Beech Avenue
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7 Thorn Avenue
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6 Magnolia Avenue
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5 Birch Avenue
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4 Elm Avenue
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3 Lawn Avenue
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2 Juniper Avenue
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1 Genesta Avenue
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Cemetery Records and Files

All Cemetery Records and Files
are located at the Department of Public Works Administrative Offices at 250 Commercial Street, Lynn, where daily cemetery operations are conducted.  Staff is available, full-time, to answer all inquiries, hours of operation are below.

Requests for lot appointments, price scheduling and general information:

List Cemetery Records Office
  Phone
Fax
Address
(781) 268-8000 Ext: 13
(781) 477-7074
250 Commercial Street, Lynn, MA 0l905
List Records Office Hours | 250 Commercial Street
 

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

8:30 AM to 4 PM

Tuesday 8:30 AM to 8 PM
Friday 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations of Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn, Massachusetts
Effective December 6, 2011

FUNERALS AND INTERMENTS

1. All orders for funerals and interments must be received in the cemetery office at least twenty-four hours prior to burial and include the proper Pine Grove Cemetery work order form. Funeral Directors must have all orders for interments signed by the owner of the lot, or some responsible person, and accompanied by the necessary burial permit. Once a funeral director, or authorized agent, has placed an order for an interment, he or she is responsible for payment to the cemetery.

2. No burials are allowed on Sundays, and all legal Federal or State Holidays.

3. A concrete liner, burial box, concrete vault or non-corroding cremation container is compulsory with all interments.

4. The cemetery reserves the right to designate the manner in which interments and disinterments will or will not be permitted.

5. Interment prices may be obtained at the DPW Office, 250 Commercial Street, Lynn, Ma 01905

FOUNDATIONS

1. All monuments, headstones, markers, or the like must have a foundation built by the Cemetery.

2. All orders for foundations must be submitted to the cemetery office. A check to cover the cost of the foundation must accompany the order and no foundation will be poured until paid for. Inclement weather may affect the schedule for the pouring of foundations. The cost of foundations will be $l00.00 per surface foot with a minimum charge of $200.

3. Charge for setting marker | $50

4. Charge for setting veterans stone in Veterans Lot | $25

PERPETUAL CARE

1. Perpetual Care covers the maintenance of the surface of the lots and graves, mowing the grass, loaming and fertilizing when necessary but does not include care of any kind of monuments, headstones, markers, or the like, or to bushes, shrubs, or plants.

2. Users of lots obtained by inheritance of transfer without adequate Perpetual Care Funds will be asked to pay at the time of interment.

FLUSH MARKERS

1. Flush markers requested by the owner of a six-grave lot or more or by the Cemetery Commission, must be consistent with the size of the lot and not protrude above ground.

2. Flush veteran’s markers will be allowed on all private lots. However, only one (1) flush marker (either flat or veterans marker) will be allowed on a single grave.

MONUMENTS

1. Unloading and setting of monuments, headstones, markers, or the like will not be allowed on weekdays, holidays, or after 3 PM of any day. No monuments or headstones may be left on a lot awaiting foundations without permission of the Pine Grove Cemetery Commission, or its designee.

2. All monuments, headstones, markers, or the like MUST have a foundation constructed by the cemetery.

3. All orders for monuments, headstones, markers, or the like MUST be requested on the proper Pine Grove Cemetary work order form and contain the following information.
• Height
• Width
• Length
• Lot, section, and grave numbers
• Drawing and design.
The Pine Grove Cemetery Commission or its designee must approve all monument orders. Orders without the above information will be returned to the Monument Company.

4. The cemetery office must approve all inscription work on monuments. Inscriptions will not be allowed on weekends, holidays, or after 3 PM of any day. A $10 check must accompany the inscription permit.

5. All upright monuments must have the lot # inscribed on the front right base of the stone.

SIZES OF MONUMENTS

1. May be obtained at the DPW Office, 250 Commercial Street, Lynn, Ma 01905

GENERAL RULES & REGULATIONS

1. A grave or a lot in a cemetery under the jurisdiction of the Cemetery Commission of the City of Lynn may be purchased by a resident or non-resident. All graves and lots must be paid for at the time of purchase.

2. Indigent burials will be restricted to City of Lynn residents only or have a last official address in Lynn.

3. Orders for any work to be done in the Cemetery must be left at the Pine Grove Cemetery Office where all information in regard to this work may be obtained.

4. The Pine Grove Cemetery Commission must approve the transfer of ownership of any grave or lot.

5. No lots or graves may be sold by the owner or his heirs to any other person. Said lots or graves, if located in a desirable area and can be used for a future sale, must be returned to the Cemetery and the original purchase price will be returned upon receipt of said graves or lots.

6. The placing of fences, mounds over graves or stone enclosures about the lots or graves is strictly prohibited.

7. The employees will take reasonable care when maintaining the Cemetery but neither the City of Lynn, the Pine Grove Cemetery Commission, the Superintendent, any employee attached to the Cemetery Department or its contractors will be responsible for any damage to plants, shrubs, or monuments.

8. The Pine Grove Cemetery Commission, or its designee, shall have the authority to remove any trees or shrubs situated upon the lots or graves which by means of their roots, branches or otherwise, become detrimental to the adjacent lots, avenues, or paths, or dangerous or inconvenient to passengers.

9. On or after the lst of March of each year, the Superintendent will remove from the lots and graves all wreaths, baskets, potted plants, blankets, plastic decorations and all other grave decorations that will interfere with the spring clean-up and maintenance of the cemetery. The replacing of any of these items on the graves will be prohibited from March lst until April 15th of each year. On or after the 15th day of October of each year, the same procedure will be followed with the removal of all planted beds, baskets, vases, plastic flowers, or any grave decorations that will interfere with the fall clean-up and maintenance of the grounds. The replacing of any of these items on the graves will be prohibited from October 15th until November 1st of each year.

10. The Pine Grove Cemetery Commission, or its designee, shall have the authority to restrict the use of all vehicles including both motorized and non-motorized upon cemetery grounds.

11. Per City of Lynn ordinance, No Dogs Allowed.

12. No person shall use the cemetery or burial grounds as a thoroughfare to get from one part of the City to another. Roads within the cemetery shall be limited to grave access or the conduct of other cemetery related business.

13. Persons visiting the cemetery shall walk or pass upon the grounds in a decent and respectful manner. Any proprietor of a lot may enter upon the same.

14. No person shall gather any flowers, either wild or cultivated, within the cemetery or burial grounds, nor remove, cut, break, or mark any trees or shrubs, nor shall they cut down or destroy any tree within any lot or border, nor shall they cut flowerbeds, plant trees or shrubs, or otherwise disturb the grounds without permission from the Pine Grove Cemetery Commission, or its designee.

15. No person shall climb on or over, write or mark upon, deface or injure any monument, gravestone, fence, or other structure, in or belonging to the said cemeteries. Massachusetts General Laws concerning cemetery vandalism impose fines up to $3,000, or imprisonment up to two and one-half years, or both, for willful acts of vandalism within cemeteries.

16. The discharge of any firearms in the aforesaid cemeteries and burial grounds are prohibited, except at military funerals, unless by direction of the Pine Grove Cemetery Commission, or its designee thereof, nor shall any attempt be made to destroy, injure or annoy the birds, squirrels, or other animals found thereon.

17. The use of urns, vigil lights, or vases is permitted but only at the owner’s risk.

18. No remains other than that of a human shall be buried in any cemetery under the jurisdiction of the Pine Grove Cemetery Commission.

19. Neither the City of Lynn, the Pine Grove Cemetery Commission, nor its employees are responsible for acts of God or vandalism within the cemetery and will not be responsible for containers, flowers, decorations, or the like, placed on graves.

20. All flowerbeds planted by anyone other than cemetery personnel must be flush to the headstone, not to exceed the base of the headstone, and protrude only one (1) foot outward. Flowerbeds are restricted in all sections of the cemetery containing FLUSH MARKERS. Flowerbeds are also excluded from all Veteran lots.

21. No person shall sell, keep or offer or expose for sale, any goods, wares, merchandise, newspapers or magazines or solicit or collect subscriptions or contributions, unless permission thereof is given by the Pine Grove Cemetery Commission, or its designee.

22. No person or persons shall play at baseball, football, tennis, golf, or any other game or sport within the cemetery.

23. No person shall play or use, walk upon or so conduct himself or herself upon any cemetery land in such a manner as to annoy, disturb or otherwise interfere with another person or persons lawfully using the cemetery land, to violate posted rules, nor be or remain upon any part of cemetery land, after having been requested to leave by the Pine Grove Cemetery Commission or member thereof, Police Officers of the City of Lynn, or other employees of the cemetery department.

24. No person shall trespass on any cemetery land, nor interfere with the proper use thereof by persons using the same under permit from the Pine Grove Cemetery Commission. No person shall obstruct, hinder, or impede the movement of work of employees of the cemetery department or vehicles of said department.

25. No person shall drive an automobile within the confines of cemetery land at a rate of speed greater than fifteen (15) miles per hour. No person shall drive an automobile on cemetery land who has not been licensed to operate motor vehicles and no dealers or other persons shall demonstrate automobiles or instruct any person in the driving thereof in the cemetery, or other land under the control of the Pine Grove Cemetery Commission.

26. No person shall carry on his person, sell, give away, or consume any alcoholic liquor, beer, ale, wine, or other beverage containing or having any alcoholic content while within the confines of all cemetery land under the control of the Pine Grove Cemetery Commission.

27. The grounds at Pine Grove Cemetery Closes at Dusk.

Per Order: Pine Grove Cemetery Commission

New Item Pine Grove Cemetery Rules and Regulations

Organization

In the City of Lynn, there is a Board of Cemetery Commissioners, who serve without pay and who perform and exercise the powers and duties conferred upon them by the City Charter and the General Laws of the Commonwealth.  The Commissioners shall have the sole care, superintendence and preservation of the Pine Grove Cemetery, the Eastern and Western burial grounds and of the New Light burial ground, so far as the City of Lynn has any right to exercise jurisdiction over the same, and any additional cemeteries and land which may be from time to time, acquired by the city for cemetery purposes.

The Board of Commissioners make all necessary by-laws, rules and regulations governing the sale of lots and the care and development of the cemeteries and burial grounds aforesaid not inconsistent with the terms of any agreements or deeds of trust or other conditions upon which conveyance of real estate have been or may be made to the City of Lynn for cemetery purposes, and not inconsistent with the Laws of the Commonwealth and with the further provisions of this ordinance and of any ordinances or ordinances of the City of Lynn.

The said Board is also authorized to take and hold any grants, donations, and bequests of property upon trust and to apply the same or in the income thereof for the improvement or embellishment of said cemeteries or burial grounds or for the repair, preservation or removal of any monument, or other erection, or for the planting and cultivation of plans on any lot or for any other improvement consistent with the use of said cemetery according to the limits of such grant, donation or bequest.

The Pine Grove Cemetery office is located at 145 Boston Street, Lynn, Massachusetts and is opened for lot sales by appointment only.  All cemetery records and files are located at the Lynn Department of Public Works Administrative Offices at 250 Commercial Street, Lynn, 01905 where daily cemetery operations are conducted.  Staff is available, fulltime, to answer all inquiries.  All requests for lot appointments; price scheduling and general information should be directed to (781) 268-8000 extension 13 or email us at lcasey@lynnma.gov

Graves of Interest

While the most visited site at Pine Grove is the grave of Harry Aggannis, the “Golden Greek” the legendary Red Sox First basemen and BU quarterback, there are distinguished notables, including: 

  • John Adams – Civil war Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, Served in the Civil War as Captain and Commander of Company I of the l9th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.  Awarded the CMOH for his bravery at the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia.
  • John Alley – Civil War, US Congressman;
  • Benjamin Franklin Falls, Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient.  Served in the Civil War as Color Sergeant of Company A. l9 Massachusetts Infantry.  Awarded the CMOH for his bravery during the Third Day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
  • Henry Lovering – US Congressman. Served in the Civil War in the 8th regiment, Massachusetts Infantry.  Served as a State Representative, City Assessor and Mayor of Lynn in l881 and l882.
  • Lydia Pinkham, a spirited Quaker lady from Lynn who created an elixir to cure female ills.
  • William Poole – Civil War, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient; served as Quartermaster on Board the USS Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg France in l864.
  • Elihu Thomson was one of the most prolific inventors of all time.  He held approximately 700 electrical patents in his name. Elihu Thomson, founder of the Thomson Houston Electric Company, a genius and scientific pioneer;
  • Charles Herbert Woodbury, Artist; well respecter and teacher known for his sense of the New England coast. He evoked the power of the sea, winning second prize in a Lynn contest in l880. 

Pine Grove History

Pine Grove Cemetery is a Lynn, Massachusetts, municipally owned cemetery and has achieved notoriety by being proclaimed as one of the largest cemeteries in the country.  

Established in the mid l800’s as a privately owned cemetery, it was then sold to the City of Lynn in l850.  It boasts a variety of historically significant features and landmarks and it has been said that the burial ground, rich in history, is home to prominent artists, inventors, political leaders and even paupers.

The cemetery consists of approximately 250 acres of which 82 developed and houses between 88,000 and 90,000 interments. The cemetery has been recorded in Ripley’s Believe It or Not as the “second longest contiguous stone wall in the world”, second only to the Great Wall of China.  The wall is built of fieldstone and was built by the WPA in the 1930’s.

Amongst the cemetery properties are architecturally distinct structures including the chapel, tomb and main office.  Pine Grove Cemetery remains intact as a well-preserved example of early picturesque cemetery design.

  • The Rhodes Memorial Chapel, built in l891, is among the landmarks of Pine Grove Cemetery and an innovative design of the late l9th century Richardson Romanesque style in Lynn.  The donation by Mrs. Amos Rhodes, as a gift in memory of her husband was generously granted to the City of Lynn.  Over the years, it has been refurbished and the stained glass windows are valued at over $10,000.  Pine Grove’s name comes from the wealth of pine trees that frame the Rhodes Chapel and the entrance drive off of Boston Street.
  • The Pine Grove Cemetery Receiving Tomb was originally constructed during l866-l868, part of a  building campaign following the civil War, to modernize the facilities.  The Tomb remains intact as part of the mid l9th century landscape design, made of granite ashlar construction with cast iron doorway in Ruskinian Gothic style. 
  • The Cemetery Office Building on the grounds was erected in 1860, inside the Boston Street gates at the bottom of the hill leading into the Rhodes Chapel.  The Pine Grove Cemetery gates, of cast iron are valuable examples of mid l9th century civic design, well incorporated into the landscaping of the cemetery. 
  • The Cemetery’s Greenhouse operations have been widely recognized across our country for the highly popular flourishing of landscape designs.  The greenhouse has twin bays where flowers and plants are grown from seed.  The plants are used for endowed lots and for flowerbeds in different locations around the cemetery and the greenhouse has a heating system to maintain temperatures year round.

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