The grounds of the Cemetery
were laid out with intersecting avenues, so as to render every part of the wood accessible.
These avenues are curved and variously winding in their course, so as to be adapted to the natural inequalities of the surface.
By this arrangement the greatest economy of the land is produced, combining at the same time the picturesque effect of landscape gardening.
Over the more level portions, the avenues are made twenty feet wide, and are suitable for carriage-roads.
The more broken and precipitous parts are approached by foot-paths, which are six feet in width.
These passage-ways are smoothly gravelled, and planted on both sides with flowers and ornamental shrubs.
Lots of ground, (containing each three hundred square feet) are set off as family burial-places, at suitable distances on the sides of the avenues and paths.1
The nature of the privileges now granted to the purchasers of these lots by the proprietors, may be learned by reference to the form of conveyance employed.2
We have inserted also the names of the hills, foot-paths and avenues, which it was found convenient to adopt.3
These were laid out by a Committee, of which General Dearborn
gateway, which forms the chief entrance to the grounds, was designed by Dr. Bigelow
The first choice of lots was offered for sale, by auction, Nov. 28th, 1831; the first two hundred being then made purchasable to subscribers on the following conditions: