Pittsfield Historical Society’s
|Carr Cemetery. Includes photos of all headstones.
Village Cemetery – South (new) side (partial: A – R).
Village Cemetery – North (old) side (upper corner only, so far). Includes some headstone photos.
Weymouth Cemetery. Includes photos of all headstones.
Pittsfield’s Original Cemeteries. “In 1829, the matter of a burying ground came up for considerable discussion. It was finally voted to purchase a piece of land suitable for that purpose, but it was not until 1848 that the order for the purchase was obtained. A lot was bought on land that later was part of the Going Hathorn estate and now is Hathorn Park, but later it was changed to a location east and south of Union Church or what is now the Universalist Church. In 1854 when the Railroad went through the town, this land contained valuable gravel for the road beds, so once again the location of a cemetery was changed this time to its present site farther down the river. Today if one wishes, he can see where this gravel was removed between the Sebasticook River and the east side of the properties of the North Lancey grammar school, the grange hall, and the east end of Easy Street.”
— from Pittsfield on the Sebasticook by Sanger M. Cook.
From the Town Website (Mar-2011):
The Cemetery Sexton Peter Snow works seasonally from May through October each year maintaining the Town’s several cemeteries. To reach the Cemetery Sexton call 487-5463 directly or leave a message at the Town Office at 487-3136.
A restoration project for the several cemeteries in Pittsfield authorized and funded by Town Manager Ruth and the Council was started in the 2005 season. The Carr Cemetery south of town on Rt. 100 was the first of the Pittsfield cemeteries to be worked in.
In the process of straightening, repairing, cleaning and checking for records, the poorly marked graves of two Revolutionary War veterans from Pittsfield were identified. Further research and correspondence with the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs has resulted in providing new markers for those graves. The markers are scheduled to be installed in the 2006 season. This will essentially complete the Carr Cemetery memorial restoration project.
Hopefully, residents and visitors will take time to wander through these old cemeteries and “visit” with the many original founders and settlers of Pittsfield.
Funding permitting, efforts are being made to deal with the roadways, particularly in the Village Cemetery. Recent seasons of heavy rain and wet conditions have caused erosion and settling of gravel beds.
The final development for cemetery lots in the southwestern area of the cemetery is on schedule. Several lots were available for use in 2005.
A codification of the cemetery rules was completed in 2004 and copies are now available at the cemetery on Peltoma Avenue and from the Sexton. Hopefully digests of these rules will soon be available for a future new webpage. Some limited genealogical services may also become available. Use will determine the extent these services are available.
N. Blake Bartlett
Sexton, The forty-fourth year
Original Version 20-Dec-06.