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August 12, 2011

Thank you for your interest in Mount Auburn Cemetery. Please use the list below to best direct your inquiries and an appropriate member of the staff will respond to your request. If you are unsure about where to direct your inquiry, please use the general information contact.

Mailing Address
Mount Auburn Cemetery
580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

For General Information
617-547-7105 (phone)
617-876-4405 (fax)

For specific questions, comments and inquiries, please use the contact information listed below:

Cemetery Sales and Services

Genealogical Research

Historical Collections & Archive

Making A Gift


Planned Gifts & Bequests

Public Programs, Group Tours, Media Inquiries, and Applications to Film or Photograph

Please see our Film and Photography Guidelines for additional information, or fill out our Application for Filming and Photography at Mount Auburn.

For Recorded Messages
Upcoming Events – 617-607-1981
Group Tours – 617-607-1982
Weather Cancellation Line – 617-607-1983



  1. Alice DeLana says:

    When I was walking in the cemetery yesterday, I visited the Japanese Maple that I have funded in memory of my beloved late husband, William G. DeLana 1933-1987. It is at the intersection of Magnolia and Swan. I noticed that the label seemed askew, and when I looked closely, I could see that the bottom screw appeared to have broken off in the trunk. May I please ask that a new screw replace the one that seems to have broken off? Thank you very much.

  2. Nancy W. Wall says:

    I am interested in knowing whether or not you have a Slide Presentation, which could be presented to a DAR meeting in May 2013.

    • Stephanie Messina says:

      Hi Nancy, Thank you for your comment. We have emailed you with the name of the appropriate contact.

  3. James W. Loewen says:

    Does Jeremy Meserve still work at Mt. Auburn? If so, kindly ask him to email me. He has done so in the past and likes my book, LIES MY TEACHER TOLD ME. I have a research query for him. If he no longer works at Mt. Auburn, can you give me current contact info. for him? Thank you — James W. Loewen

    • Stephanie Messina says:

      Hi James, Thank you for your inquiry. We have sent you a response to the email address provided with your comment.

  4. Lynne Hill says:

    I am looking forward to visiting your cemetery. Do you have a list of graves in the Trinity Church section? I understand that the original graves from Trinity were relocated to your cemetery.

    In particular, I am trying to locate the graves/tombstones of the following people who were evidently buried at Trinity (The Records of Trinity Church, Boston, 1728-1830, Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, vol.56 (1982):

    10 May 1775 Lady Sarah Hesilrige, Eldest Daughter of Revd.Nathaniel Walter of Roxbury and Wife of Sir Robert Hesilrige, Baronet in Leicestershire, Great Britain (age 39)

    13 June 1786 Mrs. Sarah Henley, wife of David henley, Esq. (age 27)

    Thank you!
    Lynne Hill

    • Bree Harvey says:

      Dear Lynne,
      Thank you for the inquiry. Mount Auburn does have a lot where some of the parishioners of Trinity Church are now buried. If you are planning a visit, please stop in at our Visitors Center and we would be happy to mark the exact location on a map for you.

  5. Linus Fan says:

    I am passing through Cambridge on Tuesday June 26, and like to know whether Elizabeth M. Stelle nee Sheffield (1875-1961) is buried there. Her brother Alfred Dwight Sheffield was buried at Mount Auburn, after he also died in 1961. Not sure if the siblings were laid to rest in the same cemetery. Please send confirmation and directions for Elizabeth’s grave to my email as soon as possible.

    Thank you.

    • Stephanie Messina says:

      Hello Linus,
      Thank you for your comment. Information has been sent to the email provided in your comment.

    • Stephanie Messina says:

      Hi George,

      When you’re on on our website (on any page), you’ll notice several options in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Click on the ‘Map’ option. This will take you to our interactive map where you can input the name of the individual you’re looking for along with approximate date of death. Once you click ‘Submit,’ the map will pull up all matches. Best of luck in your genealogical search, and if you have difficulty, please contact the Friends of Mount Auburn at

  6. Ken says:

    Could you provide the hours of operation for the grounds for walking, tour, etc for the last week of Sept. A group of 7 of us from Kansas City plan to visit. Thanks

    • Stephanie Messina says:

      Hello Ken, We have sent an email to the address affiliated with your comment with information. Thank you.

  7. Ann Emmons Petri says:

    I read somewhere that I can have a one hour free consultation with a genealogical expert at the Cemetery. i will be staying on Lexington Ave. in Cambridge all this week (Sept. 17-25) and would like to so this.
    Among the answers I seek are:
    1)Where is the marble plaque that used to hang on our family’s monument (The Emmons monument on Alder Path)?. Who has it and why was it removed?
    2)Who are the people (12, I believe) who are buried in our vault?
    3)When was the wrought iron fence removed, and why. How much would it cost to restore it.
    4)Where is by grandmother (Marie DePont Emmons) buried? Her name is on the monument but she has no grave marker.

    • Stephanie Messina says:

      Hello Ann, We have forwarded your request to our Historical Collections department. A member of our staff will contact you in the next few days.

  8. Rosalie Gifford says:

    Looking to find where certain members are buried in Mt. Auburn. What Info would u need from me?

  9. Marlene Aborn says:

    I was there last week and noticed that my Grandmother’s grave did not have grass growing. It needs SHADED grass seed in order to grow, as the tree prevents the grass for growing. The Last name is PRATO, Mary, Salvatore, and Domenic. Please rectify This situation.
    Thank You
    Ms. Aborn

  10. Ken Boyer says:

    On a very pleassant walk through the cemetery, yesterday November 17, we chanced to spot a bird which is noted as an extreme raruity in the brochure Birds of Mount Auburn (which I bought on the way in, along with some other informational stuff.) It was a wild turkey–I believe a female. It was in the underbrush, so our iPhone pictre isn’t too good–but no doubt about it. It was located about 75 yards from the Washington tower, on the way back to the park entrance. If confirmed, perhaps a bird to add to the list of things to look for! KM Boyer

  11. Mary Gray says:

    My husband and I were visiting from Columbus, OH last weekend and one of the highlights of our trip to MA was our walking tour of Mt. Auburn. It reminded us of Paris’ Pere Lachaise Cemetery. We came across a grave with a large headstone which simply read SPIKE. Do you have any additional information on the history of the person buried on the site? Thank you! Mary

    • Jennifer Johnston says:

      Hi Mary,
      We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit! The monument that you refer to may be the Spike family lot on Spruce Avenue here at the Cemetery. According to volunteers, the lot may date from the late 1950s.

  12. Susan Ralston says:

    I never realized this cemetery had such an agricultural, architectural and historical significance. I am amazed at what I am reading online and seeing in pictures. There will most definitely be a visit for me in the future. Can you please tell me if you have an online map of grave stones? If not can you tell me where Phillips Brooks grave is so that I can visit it?
    Any help you can give is greatly appreciated.
    Have a wonderful day.

    • Jessica Bussmann says:

      Hi Susan, There is an online grave locator found here: Phillips Brooks is one of the notable residents marked on our Visitor Map which can be purchased when you visit at the front entrance gate for $1. You will find that he is buried on Mimosa Path. Enjoy your visit!


  13. Bijan Rosen says:

    Hi my name is Bijan Rosen and I am a highschool student at CRLS. I am working on a project to plant more trees for the city of Cambridge and I was hoping I could get the contact information of somebody who works with/is involved with the trees at the cemetery. Thank you.

  14. jean edgerly says:

    The ornamental cherry near the entrance has dead leaves and dying leaves in sections of the tree just as the one in our yard (and others I’ve seen around town). How are your horticulturists handling this? A tree company told me to keep cutting these areas but soon there won’t be any tree left. Should I assume the tree is going to die?

  15. Christopher Moriarty says:

    Seems the Cemetery closes at 5, which now is just before the Owls start their hunting. I seem to recall the hours being opened last year until 6 for at least part of the year. Is there a switch?

    Thank you very much.

    • Jennifer Johnston says:

      Hi Christopher,

      Our security team sets the hours for the Cemetery and they usually set them in accordance with daylight savings time. After March 12th you will probably see the hours extended to 6PM.

  16. Pamela says:

    I just wanted to acknowledge the kind efforts and disposition of your volunteer, Ginny, at the visitors center during our visit on September 1st. She was so helpful and genuinely inviting. It set the foundation for a wonderful day. Her graciousness combined with beautiful weather, made for a relaxing afternoon. It was our first time visiting, but it won’t be our last. Thank You.

    • Jennifer Johnston says:

      Thank you Pamela! We are so glad that you had a nice visit and we all agree with you about Ginny – she is terrific!

  17. Karen says:

    I recently took a walk for the first time around Mt. Auburn and loved the beautiful grounds and peaceful atmosphere. I would like to know more about the volunteer opportunities at Mt Auburn.

  18. Jamie Murphy says:

    9/24/17 There are three beautiful ducks currently living/feeding in Willow Pond (for about the last 10 days or so). What are they?

  19. Stephen J Morse says:

    Could you please provide me with an email where I can send my resume and cover letter for the GIS Specialist position that you have open?

    Thank you very much

    • Jennifer Johnston says:

      To apply for a job at Mount Auburn Cemetery, please submit a cover letter and resume, as MS Word documents, by email to stating the job title in the subject line. You can also mail a cover letter and resume to Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, Attention: Human Resources. No telephone calls please.

    • Jennifer Johnston says:

      Hello Jarrod, Thank you for your interest in Mount Auburn Cemetery! Sweet Auburn Magazine is printed twice a year and is mailed to members of the Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery and it is also available on the racks here at the Cemetery when you visit.

  20. Matt Casey says:

    Do you have a listing of Civil War veterans/soldiers buried in the cemetery? I am looking at possibly writing a book on Civil War veterans buried in the cemetery and would love assistance

  21. Nick Wasserman-Beal says:

    I have two questions, actually – first, in looking up my grandmother’s records, I noticed that you have her date of death listed incorrectly on your website. How can I get this corrected? Second, can you please tell me whether there are any White Oaks growing in or around Birch Gardens? Thank you!

    • Jessica Bussmann says:

      Hi Nick,
      For most of our records we only have and list the date of interment, not the date of death. Even if it says “date of death” the date of interment is usually just repeated. This is a limitation of our grave search software, not a clerical error. But if the date is off by a lot like 1985 instead of 1895, please contact us at to correct the record.

      As for the White Oak question – The closest one is on Oak Ave. opposite Acanthus Path, just a bit north and west from the Magnolia Ave. entrance to Birch Gardens. This is an 80-year-old white oak planted in 1939 after the great hurricane of 1938.

      I hope this answers your questions!

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