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Mount Auburn Cemetery

You can easily spend a full afternoon exploring the grounds of the famous Mount Auburn Cemetery.
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.3 miles
Duration: Half day
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Overview:  This cemetery is considered to be one of the first garden cemeteries in the country. You will find numerous amazing monuments and... more »

Tips:  To get to the cemetery follow route 16 from Cambridge, MA. The cemetery is open from 8-5pm Oct-April and 8-7pm May-Aug. I don't... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Mt. Auburn North Entrance

Here you will see the main office and reception brick building as well as a beautiful fountain area.

2. Bigelow Chapel

Bigelow Chapel built in the 1840's.

3. Sphinx Civil War Memorial

A very unique memorial to those who passed in the Civil War.

4. Charity Monument

One of the most unique monuments in the cemetery. Make sure to read the inscription for more information.

5. Ballou Monument

A marble statue of Reverend Hosea Ballou who was a well known minister and author in the 19th century.

6. The Dell

There are many paths in the cemetery for walking but this path in particular will take you to a secluded part of the cemetery by a small pond where you can most likely get away from the crowds for some peaceful reading or contemplation.

7. Egyptian Entrance

The main gate entrance to the cemetery in egyptian revival architecture.

8. Washington Tower

If the tower is open you can climb to the top for an unbelievable 360 degree view of the cemetery and towards the Boston Skyscrapers.

9. Auburn Lake

View out over Auburn Lake. This lake is split in two by a path in the middle.

10. Dawn Redwood

A dawn redwood tree on the shore of Auburn Lake. Throughout the cemetery there are a variety and plant and tree species with labels on them about their genus and species name. This is one of the exotic ones that I found to be interesting.

11. Halecyon Lake

The beautiful Halecyon lake with the Mary Baker Eddy Memorial across the water. Across the street from the memorial is the Morrison family plot as well.