Harmony Grove Cemetery
Although Harmony Grove Cemetery is private, it is open to visitors who want to stroll through the gentle hills, lanes and paths. Its serenity, seclusion and naturalistic setting appeal to many seeking quiet and solace. The gravestones and monuments draw visitors to the very many notable people at rest here including Caroline Emmerton, founder of The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association. Harmony Grove is the eighth rural cemetery to be built in the United States. It is constructed in the style of Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Both were designed by landscape architect Alexander Wadsworth, though Salem merchant and cofounder of the Essex Institute, Francis Peabody, organized and supervised construction. Rural cemeteries are known for their nature-like settings that have been artfully constructed to accommodate trees and plantings that draw not just walkers and visitors seeking respite as they remember loved ones, but birds and other small creatures. The Blake Memorial Chapel, onsite, has beautiful stained- and leaded-glass windows. The property is 100 acres with more than 21,000 monuments and burial markers.
30 Grove St., Salem, MA
The 2.5-mile drive from The Gables takes about 10 minutes.