Church Hill (Old Burying Ground) Cemetery

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Location: 62 Main Street

The Main Street Cemetery can be found on Main St., just south of Route 9 near the Framingham Centre. 

The Main Street Cemetery was constructed in 1698 and has acquired several names over the years. It has been called Church Hill Cemetery and also Old Burying Ground Cemetery. 

According to a plaque placed on the front gate in the year 2000 by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), there are “eighty-nine veterans of the Revolutionary War” interred within. One of these 89 is Peter Salem, a former slave, and a member of Framingham’s Minute Men militia. 

Other notable names are Learned, Maynard, Belnap, Buckminister, and Nixon. There are two people interred who died before 1700 (so before Framingham was incorporated) and forty-eight between 1700 and 1749. Private William D. Hudson has a cenotaph in the Main Street Cemetery but is buried in the Gettysburg National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He was killed in action on July 3, 1863.

The cemetery is listed in the Massachusetts Database of historic places (MACRIS) as “Historic Burial Ground Detail: FRM.800 – Church Hill Cemetery”.!/details?mhcid=FRM.800

Unfortunately, there is no reference to the Main Street Cemetery in the National Register of Historic Places (NRDIS).