Gloucester’s First Parish Burial Ground: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

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Start Date: May 30 2009
Location: Cape Ann Museum

Cape Ann Museum presents lecture & walking tour for Preservation Month

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a lecture entitled Gloucester’s First Parish Burial Ground: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow with landscape architect Martha Lyon on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Immediately following the lecture will be a walking tour of the burial ground located at Centennial Avenue in Gloucester with Lyon and members of Gloucester’s Historic Burial Ground Committee. This program is included with Museum admission. For reservations please call 978-283-0455, x11.

The lecture and tour will outline the history of the First Parish Burial Ground and discuss the changes to its landscape over its 365-year history. The lecture will place the burial ground in a larger social, political and economic context as a means of explaining why First Parish was established and why it was changed over time by the citizens of Gloucester. The follow-up tour will bring lecture-goers into the burial ground landscape, allowing them to see its setting, spot its historic features, and better understand the meaning found on its many grave markers.

Martha H. Lyon, ASLA manages Martha Lyon Landscape Architecture, LLC in Northampton, Massachusetts. Certified as a Woman-Owned Business Entity (WBE), the firm specializes in design, preservation and planning of historic parks, streetscapes, cemeteries, estates and settings for public buildings.

Significant cemetery restoration projects include Valley and Pine Grove Cemeteries (Manchester, NH); the Winthrop Street Cemetery (Provincetown, MA); Grace Church Cemetery (Providence, RI) and Vine Lake Cemetery (Medfield, MA). The firm prepared the preservation master plan for Gloucester’s First Parish Burial ground in 2008, and received a preservation award for the project earlier this month.

Martha Lyon holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture and is registered to practice landscape architecture in the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. She has published articles and delivered lectures on historic landscapes, and is an adjunct professor of landscape architecture at the University of Massachusetts.

Funding for these programs was made possible through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences, in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Museum is closed during the month of February, on Mondays, and on major holidays. Admission is $8.00 adults, $6.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Children under 12 and Museum members are free. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information please call: (978) 283-0455. Additional information can be found online at