Rural Cemetery is a not-for-profit private cemetery and crematory serving Worcester, Massachusetts and the surrounding communities.
Commanding the entrance to Rural Cemetery is the handsome Ellen Rogers Kennedy Memorial Chapel. Built in 1929, the non-denominational chapel, seating 100, is accessible to the handicapped. With its richly carved paneling, tapestry and pipe organ, it offers a dignified setting, not only for funeral and memorial services, but for small concerts, lectures and other suitable gatherings as well.
The Cemetery office is located in this building, and is open weekdays from nine until four.
In 1837, Edward D. Bangs noted the sad condition of Worcester's cemeteries. The oldest, at what are now Thomas and Summer Streets, had been decimated. The cemetery on the Common had been neglected. The burgeoning community threatened others. Mr. Bangs believed that this sad condition existed because no provision had been made for individual ownership.
Other far-sighted citizens knew this to be true. Daniel Waldo donated the original land. Since 1838, there has been an undisturbed resting place in family-owned lots, available to all, on what is now forty acres of rolling contour and elegant trees "protecting forever from change and casualty" those who are at peace. A true Rural Cemetery - a little more than a mile from City Hall.
From I-290 east take Exit 17 (Belmont Street). Turn left at end of ramp. At bottom of hill (Worcester Center Boulevard) turn right. At fork in road and light bear left and go through traffic light (Salisbury Street). At intersection and traffic light turn right (Grove Street). Rural Cemetery is about 3/4 mile on the right.
From I-290 west take Exit 18 (Lincoln Square). Turn right onto Lincoln Street. Bear right at bottom of hill (Salisbury Street). At intersection and traffic light turn right (Grove Street). Rural Cemetery is about 3/4 mile on the right.
From I-190 south take Exit 1 and follow Gold Star Boulevard to the intersection of Park Avenue and Grove Street. Turn left on Grove Street. Rural Cemetery is about one mile on the left.
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