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Property Name Swampscott Cemetery
Reference Number 13000051
State Massachusetts
County Essex
Town Swampscott
Street Address 400 Essex Street, Swampscott, MA
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 03/06/2013
Areas of Significance Landscape Architecture, Community Planning and Development, Social History
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Swampscott Cemetery retains integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association, and meets criteria A and C for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, at the local level of significance. The cemetery qualifies for listing under Criterion A due to its strong association with the history of the town of Swampscott, which was set off from Lynn in 1852. Early burials in the area that is now Swampscott took place in Lynn's cemeteries. Swampscott Cemetery was established in 1852 as one of the first acts of the new community, and has continued to serve as the town's only cemetery for 160 years. The cemetery meets Criterion C as a well-preserved late 19th- and early 20th-century cemetery that reflects the evolving design of burial grounds and funerary monuments in New England during this period. The integration of natural and built elements is a reflection of the 19th -century rural cemetery movement as adapted to a municipal cemetery. While Swampscott Cemetery has four sections (A, B, C, and D) that reflect the chronological evolution of the grounds, only sections A, B, and C are included in this nomination. Section D, which is physically separated from the rest of the cemetery by Capen Road, is excluded because it postdates 1963, the end of the period of significance.


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