Expansion of Shawsheen Cemetery Provides More Grave Sites

December 21, 2016
A group of friends surround Diane Cadogan Hughes (center, standing in the front row) after the Selectmen voted the changes to the new section at Shawsheen Cemetery – Image (c) JMcCT, 2016 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

By Meredith McCulloch

The Selectmen approved two new sections in Shawsheen Cemetery, providing 200 new graves in the Ridge Section and 300 four-foot square cremation lots in the Ridge Cremation Garden. In both new sections only flush markers in bronze or granite will be allowed. There may be up to four cremation burials on a cremation lot with a single family marker.

A diagram of the expansion, along with recommended changes to the rules and regulations, was provided by Dennis Freeman, Grounds Operations Manager. Regulations and fees are approved by the Selectmen and administered by the Department of Public Works.

Resident Diane Hughes, widow of Michael Hughes, expressed her appreciation that the town is providing a peaceful attractive site where her family can visit her husband’s grave.

The cemetery was established in1849 for the interment of Bedford residents only. The older sections of the cemetery are listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. Residents wishing to purchase lots should contact the Cemetery Division.

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