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U.S. History Topics » States & Regions » Massachusetts

Mount Auburn Cemetery: A New American Landscape

describes the country's first large-scale designed landscape open to the public. The cemetery, established four miles outside Boston in 1831, stood in stark contrast to barren, crowded burial grounds in the city. Providing ample space in a tranquil, natural setting, Mount Auburn attracted not only mourners, but city dwellers wanting to experience nature, as well as tourists and students. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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Engraved view of Appleton Lot, Mount Auburn Cemetery, 1847.  (From James Smillie's Mount Auburn Illustrated in Finely Drawn Line Engravings. Courtesy of Mount Auburn Cemetery)

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