The City of Quincy Cemetery Dept. is implementing a second phase of improvements at Mount Wollaston Cemetery this summer. Repaving of all of the cemetery roadways is underway with installation of new granite curbing on the Sea St. and Greenleaf St. entrance roads. This second phase is expected to be complete by Labor Day.
The project is being funded through the cemetery’s perpetual care fund, which is a reserve from a portion of the sale of the burial right deeds. It is used for the upkeep and maintenance of the city’s cemeteries managed by the Cemetery Board and Mayor.
“The grounds of Mount Wollaston Cemetery serve as a living memorial to so many of our past Quincy residents,” said Mayor Thomas Koch. “These improvements honor their lives and the entire area can be appreciated by visitors, walkers and historians.”
The first phase of work, completed last spring by the Dept. of Public Works, included replacement of a 100-year old water main that ran through the middle of the cemetery from the Sea St. gate to Merrymount Road. Approximately 3 miles (15,000 ft.) of water service line was installed to 74 new water faucets mounted on decorative granite posts with granite splash pads. The faucets are used by cemetery visitors to water plants and flowers at loved ones gravesites. Underground irrigation was installed throughout the veterans’ section.
Consecrated in 1855, the 52-acre cemetery was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1984. It is the eternal resting place of some of the city’s most important historic figures including members of the Adams and Quincy families. It offers some of the most impressive monuments ever created with Quincy granite and it is a place where one can learn a great deal about the city’s history.
The third phase, set to begin next spring, includes restoration to the cemetery’s main entrance along Sea St. as well as a major tree planting throughout the entire cemetery. Quincy Community Preservation Act funds were used towards planning and design.
New Granite Curbing Being Installed
Road Paving in Progress