Get To Know: Lands End Cemetery
The Newtown Bee’s “Get To Know” series typically features a look at local buildings. This week we focus on Lands End Cemetery.
Lands End Cemetery Association Sextant and Treasurer Marjorie Carmody answered questions about the site.
In what year was it purchased or established? Lands End Cemetery was set aside for burial ground in 1748. The association was formed in March 1863.
Who or what entity owns or oversees the property? Lands End Cemetery Association is owner of the property. We are volunteers and a nonprofit.
How large is the property? There are about three acres.
How many plots are there in total and how many are available? The only plots available are in the urn garden for cremains. If you are part of a family (with a plot), there are burials in those plots.
Does this cemetery contain any structures of note? No structures, but Reverend Thomas Brooks is buried here. He was the first minister of the Congregational Church in the parish of Newbury. In 1788 the parish was incorporated and was named Brookfield after Reverend Brooks.
What is one interesting fact about the cemetery? The first recorded “white male” born in Newtown in 1709, named Jeremiah Turner, died in 1778 and is buried at Lands End Cemetery.
What should visitors know? There are many veterans buried here, including Civil War, Spanish American War, one Revolutionary War, plus the World War veterans.
What is the most common question you are asked about the property and the answer? Where does the name Lands End come from? It is a district in the town, the end land of town. There is also Lands End School nearby, which was a one-room schoolhouse.
What are the cemetery’s biggest challenges? Financial stability, volunteers that care as we have the responsibility of the care forever, and the plan of succession.