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Eat, Drink and Be Scary at the Gravedigger’s Gala

Tickets are selling fast for the Gravedigger’s Gala! Hurry – guests will be limited to 200…Creative costumes are optional.

Our Halloween themed “Gravedigger’s Gala” will be held at the Endicott Estate on East Street, Friday, October 25th from 7-11PM to benefit the renovation of the Old Village Cemetery.

The evening will feature a live (dead) auction with celebrity auctioneer, Michael Grogan, music, catering by Creative Entertainment, an open bar, and a mortiferous signature punch appropriately called “Beyond the Grave.”

 

Buy Tickets

Tickets are $75 in advance, and $80 at the door. You can specify if you’d like us to hold your tickets at the door.

  • Online Option

Buy your tickets to the Gravedigger’s Gala using the “Buy Tickets” button below.  You can use a credit card or a PayPal account to complete your ticket purchase.

Mail Option

If you prefer, you can purchase Gala tickets via mail with a check made out to:

Dedham Village Preservation Association,
P.O. Box 1037, Dedham, MA 02027

The Dedham Village Preservation Association is a registered 501(c)3 and allows tax-deductible donations to the extent provided by law.

Email us if you have any questions about the ticketing process.

 

Fall Walking Tour

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.

Tickets:

$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.

Gravedigger’s Gala – Friday October 25, 7-11pm

We are very excited to announce that we think that we have finally reached the point in our program when we can begin to think about joining the many enjoyable fund- raising events that dot the annual Dedham social calendar with the intent of putting the “fun” in funding. Our Halloween themed “Gravedigger’s Gala” (patterned after a very successful similar event held annually for many years in Philadelphia) will be held at the Endicott Estate on East Street, Friday, October 25th from 7-11PM, and repeated annually, we hope, to build the endowment for the perpetual care of the Old Village Cemetery. Please hold the date!

The evening will feature a live (dead) auction with celebrity auctioneer, Michael Grogan, music, catering by Creative Entertainment, an open bar, and a mortiferous signature punch appropriately called “Beyond the Grave” concocted by renowned local mixologist, Joe Flanagan, all for $75 per person. More information will be available later this summer. Guests will be limited to 200. Creative costumes are optional.

 

Planning the festivities will be the newly appointed Old Village Cemetery Events Committee, chaired by Darcy Lane and Maureen Joyce, with members Anne Cadigan, Nancy Clement, Tracy Driscoll, Joe Flanagan, Michele Heffernan, Mary Louise Kehoe, Jeanine Lathum, Johanna McBrien, Jonathon Briggs, and Tara Murphy.

Buy Tickets

Tickets are $75 in advance, and $80 at the door. All advance tickets will be held in your name at the door.

  • Online Option

Buy your tickets to the Gravedigger’s Gala using the “Buy Tickets” button below.  You can use a credit card or a PayPal account to complete your ticket purchase.

Mail Option

  • Mail Option

If you prefer, you can purchase Gala tickets via mail with a check made out to:

Dedham Village Preservation Association,
P.O. Box 1037, Dedham, MA 02027

The Dedham Village Preservation Association is a registered 501(c)3 and allows tax-deductible donations to the extent provided by law.

Thank You to Our Donors

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

Renovation Plans Move Forward: Spring 2019 Update

Earlier this spring, Joe Flanagan, Director of the Dedham DPW, and Project Manager, began the remedial process of removing dead trees, and trimming vegetation. Two large Hemlocks that had overgrown the Howe gravesite along Village Avenue were removed so that the lot’s ironwork and masonry can be restored. Soon Joe will begin to implement a detailed landscape design by the Halvorson Design Partnership team, led by Ricardo Austrich, ASLA, and Associate Vesna Maneva. Halvorson has taken care to respect the crucial elements of an early New England burial ground, while understanding its role in the modern era. The priority, this year, will be “Improvement Zone One”(IZ1), the area along Village Avenue from St. Paul’s Church to the NE corner of the Cemetery.

 

Improvements and new features will include wall repair and repointing (Take note of the newly repaired and reinstalled iron gates at the main entrance), new ornamental and shade tree planting (If you would like to sponsor a mature tree, including a plaque with your name, please get in touch with us), continuing monument and obelisk repair, and interpretive signage to help direct visitors. IZ1 also calls for the installation of ornamental chain to connect the granite posts that separate the Cemetery and St. Paul’s, with special attention to the area abutting the Church’s new children’s playground.

photo above: Newly repaired and reinstalled iron gates at the main entrance of the Old Village Cemetery

Old Village Cemetery Burial List Cover

Newly Compiled List of Old Village Cemetery Burials Available

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.