For Immediate Release
October 13, 2013
Parks and Recreation
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department are proud to announce the opening of new burial space at Fairview Cemetery located at 28 Fairview Avenue in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston.
This expansion includes 1,600 new graves, each of which includes two pre-installed crypts (cement liners used at time of burial). Also available, for the first time, is a beautiful Columbarium named “Garden of Remembrance.” This structure houses 800 niches and allows the City of Boston to now offer more modern, respectful, and attractive burial space for those who wish to be cremated.
Fairview Cemetery, established in 1893, is located adjacent to Mother Brook with views towards the Blue Hills. Initial development of Fairview followed the precepts of the lawn-park cemetery movement of the time. As is characteristic of this style , curved roads wind through expanses of lawn, interrupted by few trees or shrubs, creating a beautiful park-like landscape.
Fairview contains the graves of many significant citizens of the area including James Monroe Trotter, the US Army’s first African-American commissioned officer in the Civil War; Brigadier General Edward Beebe Carrington, the frontier fighter and historian of Washington’s military strategy; Hippolitus Fiske and Charles Jenney, two founders of Hyde Park; and John Joseph Enneking, the American impressionist painter.
New graves and niches are available for sale to persons wishing to make arrangements for the immediate burial of Boston residents only. Those interested in having a loved one interred at Fairview Cemetery can call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s Cemetery Division at (617) 635-7361.