Ever wonder what the carvings on early gravestones mean?
William Hosley, a leading historian, will speak on the meaning behind the “graven images” and other carvings on the headstones at the Old Village Cemetery; Hosley will also put the iconography in the context of early New England culture and society.
TWO TOURS will be offered in conjunction with October lecture at the Dedham Historical Society & Museum on Saturday, October 26, 2019.
$12 DHSM members; $15 nonmembers
Tour A: 12:15 (meet at the OVC entrance)
Tour B: 2:45 (leave from the DHSM lecture or meet at the OVC entrance)
Limited to 20 each; Don’t delay in signing up! Buy tickets today.
Thanks to the efforts of Representative Paul McMurtry and Senator Mike Rush, and a long list of generous donors, we are almost halfway to the funds that we need to complete our three-year goal of $1,000,000 for the restoration and endowment of one of America’s most significant Colonial Cemeteries, and key to Dedham’s rich history.
We are on track to complete the work scheduled for this year and next, and have been gratified by the enthusiasm and support that the project has generated among Dedham residents and Institutions. The resurrected Cemetery will reflect strong elements of its Colonial past, and those additions from the mid-19th Century American Cemetery Movement. We appreciate the continuing generosity of our donors. Please see our donation page if you would like to help us reach our goal.
Photo above: Marie-Louise Kehoe receives a check for $250,000. Pictured l to r: Dedham TV Executive Director Donna Greer, Dedham Town Manager James Kern, Representative Paul McMurtry, Old Village Cemetery Chair Marie-Louise Kehoe, Senator Michael Rush, Cemetery Committee Member Ted Russell
Peter Damon, a member of the OVC Committee, and an amateur genealogist, has compiled a consolidation of burials in the Old Village Cemetery into a bound “List of Burials”, with the assistance of the Dedham DPW, and the GIS Division of the Dedham Engineering Department. This will be a helpful resource for Cemetery visitors in combination with the Town Online Grave Locator .
Sourced from the Dedham Department of Public Works, listings may include age at death, year of death, or age of birth and death. In addition, there could be inscriptions and comments.
Copies are available for $10 at the Dedham Historical Society at 612 High Street in Dedham Center. You may also download the Burial List (in pdf format).
Please don’t hesitate to email us your comments, corrections, and suggestions.
Implementation of the Halvorson Design Partnership plan will continue this Spring under the direction Of Marie-Louise Kehoe, Chairman of the Old Village Cemetery Committee, Joe Flanagan, Director of the Dedham DPW, and Ricardo Austrich, ASLA, Senior Partner of Halvorson. View the latest plan here (pdf).