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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I recently went to a historic cemetery in the South End of Boston.  However when I got there I found the gate was locked, and was not sure how to get in.  Obviously I am too old to hop a fence at 82, so how can I get into this location.


Answer: A variety of the old Boston cemeteries are commonly kept locked.  This list includes: Phipps Street Burying Ground and Bunker Hill Burying Grounds in Charlestown; Bennington Street Cemetery, East Boston; North Burying Ground and South Burying Ground in Dorchester; Eliot Burying Ground, Roxbury Market Street Burying Ground, Brighton; Hawes/Union Burying Ground, South Boston; and the South End Burying Ground.


This effort is to protect the cemetery from vandalism, not from genealogists.  If you would like to visit one of these historic cemeteries simply call the day before and arrange it.  The Boston City Parks and Recreation office at the Mount Hope Cemetery can arrange this for you by calling 617-635-7361.  You can also learn more about the South End Burying Ground online at:

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