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Hope Cemetery

Hope Cemetery Main Gate

Fall Cleanup 2022

October 3 Through October 7

The City of Worcester DPW – Parks, Recreation & Cemetery Division respectfully requests that all Spring/Summer decorations, flowers, fences and/or religious objects be removed from the lots including the Children's Garden by Sunday, October 2, 2022. Any decorations remaining on the lots at Hope Cemetery after the above mentioned date will be discarded.

As of Fall/Winter 2022 please review planting and decorating policies for the rules and regulations will be enforced. The regulations will be posted on the outside bulletin board, at the Hope Cemetery Administrative Office or in the Resources section below.

Beginning October 8, 2022 Fall/Winter plantings and decorating may proceed. Thank you for your cooperation!


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.

Hope Cemetery Commission

Meet as needed at 4 p.m.; days vary.

Commission Profile

Date/Time of Next Meeting: TBA


How Worcester Works - Hope Cemetery

Former 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. Recorded 2/10/2016

Contact Information

Hope Cemetery
119A Webster Street
Worcester, MA 01603

Accessible via WRTA Bus Line. View Schedules

Phone: 508-799-1531
Fax: 508-799-1253
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Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Closed Weekend & Holidays

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