Hope Cemetery, established in 1852, is an historic rural cemetery owned by the City. Its landscaping and funerary art are exemplars of the rural cemetery movement inspired by romantic perceptions of nature, art and the themes of death; visitors can contemplate monuments and statues while strolling through a setting of fine trees and plantings.
Hope Cemetery replaced as many as six earlier burial grounds that were overwhelmed by the growing city. By the end of the century remains from Mechanic Street, Tatman and Pine Meadow cemeteries were reinterred at Hope, and in the 1960s graves were moved here from Worcester Common.
The cemetery occupies approximately 168 acres of rolling land between Kettle Brook to the south, Curtis Pond to the west, and Middle River to the north. In 1998 Hope Cemetery was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. This recognition assists in the preservation of the cemetery as part of the city's great heritage.
For more information about Hope Cemetery, please visit the Friends of Hope Cemetery website.
Meet as needed at 4 p.m.; days vary.
Date/Time of Next Meeting: TBA
City Manager Ed Augustus sits down with Assistant Commissioner of DPW&P Rob Antonelli to talk about what it takes for the City to run Hope Cemetery.
119 Webster Street
Worcester, MA 01603
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Closed Weekend & Holidays