Hopedale Village Cemetery

     Although no death had as yet occurred on our territory, yet it was deemed advisable
    early in the year 1845 that a suitable tract of land somewhere within our borders should
    be selected for burial purposes and properly laid out for use when occasion should
    require, and a vote to that effect was passed by the Community at a meeting held on the
    8th day of April. Pursuant to that vote several parcels of ground that had previously
    been suggested were carefully examined, but found by reason of the rocky nature of the
    soil or an underlying ledge to be unfit for the purpose. These were located upon the
    original Jones farm and were first spoken of before we had made any outlying additions
    thereto. But the recent purchase of the Amos Cook estate had brought a more favorable
    site into notice, to which the attention of the Council was in due time directed. It
    commended itself to their best judgment and upon their recommendation the Community,
    on the 27th of September

    Voted, (1) That the lot of land situated on the Cook farm between the wood-lot of Henry
    Chapin on the west and the widow Amasa Parkhurst's meadow of the east, as the same
    is now fenced, be set apart, or so much thereof as may be deemed necessary, as a
    Cemetery for this Community.

     (2) That the Executive Council be instructed to designate as soon as possible the
    particular part of said Cemetery ground on which it is proper to commence burying.

    (3) That they cause a suitable portion of said ground to be surveyed and laid off into
    lots.

    (4) That they enter a report of their doings, with a Plan of their survey designating all
    the avenues by name and the lots by number, in the Community Registry.

     Thus was set apart and devoted to its proper uses the tract of land where as time went
    on all that was mortal of our dearly beloved, was to be consigned, "earth to earth and
    dust to dust," and where we ourselves, so many of us as continued to reside in Hopedale
    to the end of our days, should finally, as to our material frames, sleep the last long sleep
    of earth and time. The location was happily chosen as not very far away and yet
    sufficiently removed from the bustle and toil of our common every-day life to insure that
    quiet which is becoming a place of supulture and conducive to self-recollection,
    meditation, and communion with the spirits of those who are "not lost but gone before,"
    and with the infinite Spirit, the heavenly Father of all mankind.

     For some reason which does not now appear, but probably because there was no
    immediate need of a burial place for any of our people, no death occurring for some time
    after the above votes were passed, and because of the urgent demands made upon the
    time and energy of the members of the Council in other directions, the careful survey
    and laying out of lots, etc., with an accurate plan of the same were not completed for
    some two years after, as will be noted in its proper place. Adin Ballou, History of the
    Hopedale Community, pp. 143-145.

     An interesting and historical vote was passed September 27, 1845, when it was "Voted
    that the lot of land situated on the Cook farm between the wood lot of Henry Chapin on
    the west and the widow Amasa Parkhurst's meadow on the east, as the same is now
    fenced, be set apart, or so much thereof as may be deemed necessary, as a Cemetery
    for this Community."

     In 1847 it was voted "that Mr. Ballou be a committee to make a plan of the cemetery
    and number the lots." A marker placed at the entrance of the cemetery, citing that it was
    founded by the Hopedale Community, should be considered and noted for historical
    value. Paper by Mrs. Margaret Woodhead for the Hopedale Community Historical
    Society

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Full page Milford News article on the cemetery - 1987    

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