Showing posts with label cemetery. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cemetery. Show all posts

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Second Sunday Speaker Series: History Of Franklin Written In Stone - Sunday, Mar 12

Stories from the Union Street Cemetery
Just who were the prominent people and families who helped shape our town in the early days after incorporation? The Mann Family, Oliver Dean, the Rays, Thayers, Ponds, Metcalfs, Fishers, Fletchers, etc. Many of these families sent notable men into the world as well as many who lent high standards of service to our town. 
They’re all resting peacefully in the Union Street Cemetery and they all have a story to share. Come learn about their lives, their influence and see the beautiful monuments and gravestones that mark their life and passing. 

Sunday March 12, 2023. Doors open at 1:00, presentation starts at 1:15. Admission is always free. 

We’re collecting paper towels to donate to the Franklin Food Pantry. Please consider making a donation. 
When you visit the Museum and make a purchase in our gift shop, you help support the museum and its programs. The gift show is run by the Friends of the Franklin Historical Museum.

Ray family monument at Union St cemetary
Ray family monument at Union St cemetery

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Halloween Cemetery Tour - Oct 28 - 5 PM

via Franklin Historical Museum: 

"The cemetery tour is back again this year hosted Dean College History Professor Rob Lawson."

Meet at the Museum, take the short walk to the cemetery for the tour.

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Halloween Cemetery Tour - Oct 28 - 5 PM
Halloween Cemetery Tour - Oct 28 - 5 PM

Friday, May 28, 2021

Memorial Day Ceremony - May 31, noon

Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 31, 2021 at Noon on the Town Common

All are welcome to join us as we honor our departed veterans.

Please note: There will not be a Memorial Day Breakfast or Parade

this year due to COVID-19.


Memorial Day Ceremony - May 31, noon
Memorial Day Ceremony - May 31, noon

Monday, June 8, 2020

Faith Flaherty: Gone But Not Forgotten

"During the COVID-19 quarantine, I have been walking for exercise. It may seem strange, but my favorite places to walk are cemeteries. I find it interesting to walk through the cemeteries in Franklin. 

The Union St. cemetery has grave stones from the 1700s. There are some very recognizable names:
  • Oliver Dean, who founded Dean College
  • Fletcher family, there’s a softball field named after the family
  • Ray family, funded Franklin Library - the first library in the country
Then there’s the Beaver Street Cemetery. It is really called St. Mary’s Cemetery because the parishioners of St. Mary’s purchased the land in 1864 because Catholics weren’t allowed to be buried in the Union St. cemetery. But that was then and this is now. Now anyone can be buried in either the Union St. or Beaver St. cemetery. I found it interesting to notice the Irish and Italian names on the St. Mary’s grave stones in contrast to the English names on the Union St. cemetery tombstones.

Cemeteries hold the history of civilization. These two cemeteries reflect the mindset of our Puritan ancestors who left England for freedom to practice their own religion and then in turn didn’t practice what they preached. In St. Mary’s cemetery we see the oldest gravestones engraved with Irish surnames, reflecting the Irish immigrants fleeing the potato famine in the mid-1800s. Soon overwhelming the Irish names are Italian names. Names that only Franklinites could pronounce:
  • Mucciarone
  • Bucchanio
  • D’Aniello
St. Mary’s cemetery has a beautiful memorial garden and a columbarium. A columbarium is a wall of vaults containing the cremated remains of the deceased. It is a peaceful area for respectful reflection. 

There’s one more cemetery that is perhaps the most interesting of all, albeit the smallest one. It is on Green St., Franklin. The official name is the City Mills Historical Cemetery. That area is part of the City Mills section of Norfolk/Franklin, hence the name. Some of the people buried there:
  • Samuel Allen 15 Mar 1778 Franklin, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA - 14 Jan 1866
  • Edward Gay Jr 2 Jul 1696 Wrentham, Suffolk, Province of Massachusetts Bay - 28 Feb 1758
  • Timothy Hawes 21 Jul 1722 Wrentham, Suffolk, Province of Massachusetts Bay - 8 Mar 1772
  • Rhoda (Mason) Allen abt 1795 Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA - 15 Apr 1862
  • James Shepardson 24 Jul 1789 Wrentham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States - 8 Mar 1863
There are other reasons to enjoy walking in these cemeteries besides historical interest. There’s the peace and quiet. The roads are paved so one can wholly concentrate on their reflections. The epitaphs on the gravestones are interesting and some are funny. (That will be a future story.) The architecture, material, and choice of design offer imaginative stories about people’s lives. It certainly makes you wonder what happened between birth date - death date. Just imagine! An entire life is represented by a dash! 

Soon many more graves and cremains will be added to our cemeteries, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A walk through the cemeteries will put your priorities in order. What will your legacy be?"

Faith Flaherty

Union St cemetary
Union St cemetery