Thursday, October 11, 2012
This is the second reported theft in town of the large knots that grow on the side of trees.
Someone hacked off a large knot from the side of a tree in the Mount Auburn Cemetery, Watertown Police said, the second such burl theft reported in Watertown this year. The theft was reported on Oct. 1 at 9:20 a.m., but cemetery staff told police they believe it occurred in late August, said Watertown Police Lt. Michael Lawn. The large growths can be turned into bowls and sold for hundreds of dollars, Watertown Tree Warden Chris Hayward said after a recent burl theft from Arsenal Park. The one taken from a sugar maple tree was a sizable one, Lawn said. "The burl weighed over 100 pounds," said Lawn, who added that the tree sits near Coolidge Hill Road in the cemetery The thief had to climb about 12 feet off the ground to remove the burl, …
Friday, August 3, 2012
The gardening and tree crews from the Mount Auburn Cemetery did some pruning around the Commander's Mansion this week.
Several gardeners and arbor specialists from Mount Auburn Cemetery spent the day helping out at the Commander's Mansion in the Watertown Arsenal on Wednesday. The focus of the work was the vines growing on the Grape Arbor and the trees around it, said Jonathan Webb, the arborculture supervisor at Mount Auburn Cemetery. "We tightened up the arbor – to make it look nicer, and more presentable – and the pear tree," Webb said. Along with Webb were Gardening Supervisor Daryl Sullivan, Jerry Mendenhall, Sean O'Connor and Carlos Algarin. The crew also removed invasive bittersweet vines from the arbor and made the area look cleaner. The arbor is a popular spot for couples to marry, and they enter through the arches of the arbor. "There were vines …
Friday, June 29, 2012
ArbNet gave the Watertown cemetery Level III Accreditation for its wide variety of plants and trees.
Friday, June 29, 2012
The following information was released by the Mount Auburn Cemetery: Mount Auburn Cemetery recently achieved Level III Accreditation as an arboretum through ArbNet, an international organization promoting the work of arboreta. Among the first arboreta in New England to receive this level of accreditation, and alone among cemeteries nationwide, Mount Auburn is acknowledged for its extraordinary plant collections. Those institutions granted accreditation by ArbNet must meet exacting criteria to qualify, and must exemplify professionalism and a commitment to collaboration in scientific, collections, or conservation capacities. Each of the four levels of distinction (Level IV being the highest) in ArbNet’s accreditation is comprised of …
Saturday, May 26, 2012
A tom turkey known as Longfellow was shot by environmental police after becoming agressive, the Boston Globe reports.
Environmental police shot a turkey after it charged at a stroller and attacked an employee at Mount Auburn Cemetery this month. Bree Harvey, vice president of external affairs at Mount Auburn Cemetery, told the Boston Globe that Massachusetts Environmental Police decided to shoot Longfellow because turkeys at the cemetery had become aggressive in recent months. A second dead turkey was found at the cemetery last weekend, but the cause of death is unknown. The turkey's death upset animal lovers, including wildlife photographer George McLean, who captured images of Longfellow before he was shot, according to the Globe. Read more in the Boston Globe's article by clicking here.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Watertown Patch Readers recommend the Mount Auburn Cemetery as a place to go when you want to have an outing right here in town.
If you are looking to take a little trip but don't want to leave town, well Watertown Patch readers recommend heading to the Mount Auburn Cemetery. The cemetery, which was named a National Historic Landmark, is filled with history, and also provides a nice place to walk in nature. It is a favorite place for local birdwatchers. Mount Auburn Cemetery received half the votes in the poll for Best Place for an Outing in Watertown. We will present Mount Auburn Cemetery with a certificate for their "Best Place for an Outing" status in the near future. This was the 11th Best of Patch Readers' Choice contest. Next week, we're doing a poll on Best Place to Get Grillables in Watertown. Want to nominate a spot that should be included? Add your …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The celebration will be May 11. The smartphone app will allow visitors to go on self-guided tours.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The following information was released by Mount Auburn Cemetery: Celebrate National Public Gardens Day at Mount Auburn Cemetery on May 11 when the Friends of Mount Auburn present a free horticulture walk, a proclamation by Watertown Town Council President Mark Sideris, and the launch of the Mount Auburn smartphone application. The day will raise public awareness of Mount Auburn as a free community resource and public garden to be enjoyed by all. The day will begin with a free Early Riser’s Horticulture Walk led by Curator of Horticultural Collections, Dennis Collins, and Visitor Services Associate, Jim Gorman, at 7 a.m. The walk will highlight the vibrant plants currently in bloom at Mount Auburn. At 10 a.m., the proclamation will be …
Saturday, May 5, 2012
The ceremony will be held at the society's burial plot in the Watertown cemetery.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
The following information was released by the Scots' Charitable Society: In recognition of the 165th anniversary of the original dedication of the burial plot established at the Mount Auburn Cemetery, the Scots’ Charitable Society of Boston will be hosting a “Kilt Walk” and remembrance ceremony. The event at Bigelow Chapel on the cemetery grounds will include bagpipes, brief speeches and a reading of a Robert Burns’ poem to celebrate 355 yeras of charitble work by the society in Boston. The Kilt Walk will take place Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m. (Rain date Sunday, May 20). The Scots’ Charitable Society of Boston is the oldest charitable organization still existing in the Western Hemisphere. Founded in 1657 and incorporated in 1786 the …
Friday, April 13, 2012
John Bradley Cummings is one of seven on board the Titanic when it sank. Another, Brookline's Elizabeth Mussey Eustis, used a gut feeling to get on a lifeboat.
Note: This is the third and final part of a series of articles on Titanic passengers buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Of the seven Titanic passengers buried at Watertown's Mount Auburn Cemetery, only one of the gravestones and memorial mentions the ship. In preparation for the 100th centennial of the Titanic’s voyage and sinking, cemetery staff researched the passengers who make Mount Auburn Cemetery their final resting place. One of the seven passengers was the granddaughter of a Boston newspaper mogul, and another is thought to have been heroic during the ship’s sinking. Few details could be found about John Bradley Cummings’ role during the Titanic’s dying moments, but it appears he must acted courageously, said Stephanie Messina, …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Caroline Lamson Brown made it onto a lifeboat thanks to a friend she made on the doomed ship.
Note: This is the second in a series of articles on Titanic passengers buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery. A Belmont woman chose the right cruise-mates when they boarded the RMS Titanic, which sailed 100 years ago this week. Caroline Lamson Brown survived her trip on the ill-fated ship thanks to a friend she made on board. She married John Brown, the son of publisher James Brown (a partner in the publishing firm that became Little, Brown and Co.). She is buried next to her husband in the Brown family section of the Mount Auburn Cemetery. She is one of seven Titanic passengers buried in the Watertown cemetery. Lamson Brown made the trip to England without her husband and children. The journey was made for a sad occasion, a family funeral, and …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Three members of the Lexington family sailed on the Titanic, and they are among the five survivors and two victims of the ill-fated voyage which began 100 years ago.
When the RMS Titanic set sail 100 years ago today, on April 10, 1912, none of its passengers knew they would become part of the most infamous marine disaster in history. The sinking of the supposedly unsinkable Titanic, after colliding with an iceberg, claimed the lives of 1,517 passengers and crew, while 710 people survived. Seven people onboard the Titanic for its maiden voyage – five survivor and two victims – are buried at Watertown’s Mount Auburn Cemetery. Only one of the headstones and memorials mentions the Titanic, and officials at the cemetery knew there were Titanic passengers at Mount Auburn but they were not sure how many make the cemetery their final resting place, said Stephanie Messina, External Affairs Department assistant …