No carriage shall be admitted within the grounds, unless by permission, or when accompanied by the owner of a lot. No refreshments, smoking, unseemly noise, discharge of fire-arms, or disorderly conduct, allowed.
Vehicles admitted must be driven no faster than a walk.
All writing upon or defacing of structures, all breaking of trees or gathering of flowers, forbidden.
No individual shall be the proprietor of more than two lots.
The town of Medford will for ever keep in good repair the fence, gates, carriage-ways, and footpaths of the cemetery, and make a secure place of burial for the dead, and an attractive resort for the living.
This brief abstract of the report of the committee shows the town anxious to make the most generous appropriations for this sacred and cherished object.
March 6, 1854: The town accepted and adopted the report of the committee appointed to direct the preparation of the cemetery for use. The items of their bill of costs will sufficiently explain the very beginning of the noble work.
They are as follows:--
|Paid for land||$5,000.00|| |
|Paid for labor on streets||774.89|| |
|Paid for receiving-tomb||359.10|| |
|Paid for stone wall and posts||715.63|| |
|Paid for sundries||280.98|| |
|Due Mr. Wadsworth, for plan, &c.||$275.00|| |
|Due Mr. Denis and Roberts, for iron gates||60.00|| |
|Due Mr. N. A. Chandler, for work||45.00|| |
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| || ||$7,510.60|
The place was solemnly consecrated by religious services, performed within the enclosure, Oct. 31, 1853; and then the lots were offered for sale at public auction.
Thirty-one lots were sold on the first occasion for $634.50; and the highest price given for choice was $15; and the lowest, $1. The highest price fixed upon the best lots was $20; and the lowest price for a lot, $5.
February, 1855: The whole number of lots sold is fifty-one; and their cost was $1,025.
Several who bought commenced immediately the preparation of their grounds, and erected fences, and planted flowershrubs and evergreens.
Though just opened, there are already indications of good taste and costly expenditure.
We trust that the inhabitants will be disposed to build a