I’ve been spending a lot of time on my Mondays off lately in cemeteries. Don’t worry: I haven’t become a vampire slayer.
Although I do have to warn you: Old Farnumsville Cemetery is crawling with bloodsuckers. The tiny cemetery, the third oldest in Grafton, is bordered by Rte. 122 and a swamp. I was totally swarmed by all kinds of buzzing, biting, flying creatures before I finally fled in defeat to the minivan to scratch my bug bites.
Now here’s the great thing about doing a blog: John LaPoint very helpfully emailed me some information about the Indian Burial Ground I blogged about last week. I mentioned that I had also shot Farnumsville that same day and was researching all the town cemeteries.
He promptly emailed me a walking tour brochure he had prepared previously that had a little bit of the cemetery’s history AND hooked me up with a Yahoo group on Grafton history.
I absolutely love when people try to make my life easier.
According to John’s info, the cemetery is on 1.5 acres and, as I said before, is generally believed to be the third oldest of the eight cemeteries in Grafton. This stone marks the grave of an American Revolutionary War veteran.
The oldest noted burial in the cemetery is a slate marker dated 1812. You’ll note here that the stone next to it is actually almost buried itself — I wasn’t quite sure if it had fallen over or if it was intentional.
Old Farnumsville Cemetery was considered the principal burying ground for the southeastern section of Grafton during much of the 1800’s until the larger Fairview Cemetery near the Grafton /Northbridge town Line was built.
Farnumsville Cemetery is believed to have reached its capacity around 1890. Graves of six United States veterans, one from the American Revolutionary War, and five Union Soldiers from the American Civil War, are buried here among the estimated 200 burial marker stones.
It’s not the easiest place to visit but it was a fascinating little place.
Just don’t forget the bug spray.