Charter Street Cemetery landscape Restoration Project

In 2017, the City received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Facilities Fund grant and Community Preservation Act funds to implement Phase II landscape improvements to the Charter Street Cemetery that would preserve the historic features of the burial ground while still allowing public access to this important heritage site. After completion of an archaeological survey, the project landscape architect worked with the City, archaeologists and the Massachusetts Historical Commission to design landscape improvements that would not impact the historic integrity of the burial ground. In late September 2019, the City received final approval from the Massachusetts Historical Commission for permission to undertake work in an historic burial ground. The full restoration work is schedule to begin in early Spring 2020 and will include: upgrades and stabilization of pathways; designation of an accessible entrance at Liberty Street; repairs to retaining walls; installation of new perimeter lighting, granite benches and ground cover; restoration of cast iron fencing; and replacement of existing chain link fencing.  

This project is funded in part with Community Preservation Act funds and a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council Facilities Fund.

Final Landscape Improvement Plan

Final Landscape Improvement Plan

Images of Charter Street Cemetery

To protect the cemetery in anticipation of the upcoming landscape work, the City will close public access to the burial ground during the Halloween season to avoid additional damage to the site from the visitation of tens of thousands of tourists. To view historic and current images of the cemetery and its headstones and tombs, please click here.

This project is funded in part with Community Preservation Act funds and a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council Facilities Fund.

For more information about this project, please contact Patti Kelleher, Department of Planning and Community Development at 978-619-5685.

Please continue to check this page for more information about the upcoming landscape restoration project.