JOIN US FOR THIS TWO PART EVENT:)
THE PUBLIC HEALTH MUSEUM IS NOW OPEN AND IS THE FIRST OF IT'S KIND IN AMERICA:) WE ARE EXCITED TO CHECK IT OUT AND THEN PROCEED TO THE CEMETERY TO INVESTIGATE.
WE WILL MEET UP AT NOON AT THE PUBLIC HEALTH MUSEUM. THE CHARGE IS $5.00 PAYABLE AT THE DOOR UPON ENTRY.
SECOND PART WILL BE AN INVESTIGATION AT THE CEMETERY (thinking 2pm-4pm or until dusk).
PLEASE BE PROMPT.
Where: MUSEUM ADDRESS IS 365 EAST ST.If you don`t want to go to the museum you can meet at cemetery about 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM. THE CEMETERY IS DOWN THE STREET, located near the intersection of Livingston St. and Greenhouse Rd., Tewksbury MA.
Check out area on Google Maps click link below zoom in for more detail and cemetery to be marked
At intersection of Livingston and East St. take a left and entrance is ahead on your left. (This is assuming you are coming off Route 93).
Please bring any equipment that will help aid us in our visit.
If you want bring a wire coat hanger and it can be made in to dousing rods to be use at the cemetery.
Bob ask that if you have weak batteries to bring them:) He has a use for them at this investigation:)
This event is limited to the first 23 individuals.
I still recommend bug spray this time of year, especially for ankles and lower legs, TICKS! Deep Woods Off works best for the ticks. Also (this is Bob) long pants and long sleeve shirts poison ivy is every were in the cemetery.
If possible let's try to carpool and maybe we can all park in that small area. I am coming from Wakefield, can carpool from REI/Reading (right off of route 129 exit on 128).
Credits to the Danvers State Memorial Committee for the article printed below:
Tewksbury State Hospital
Metal markers are hard to find in the pine forest that has grown up around the cemetery at Tewksbury State Hospital
There are three cemeteries on the grounds of Tewksbury Hospital with at least 10,000 graves in them. Tewksbury Hospital opened in 1854 and its cemetery directory dates back to 1891 and contains 9,342 names. Patients who died between 1854 and 1891 are not recorded, so the total number of graves is not known. The grave markers, three-inch high metal circles with crosses in the middle, are rusted and easy to miss because of the overgrowth of weeds. Although on occasion community groups have done some clearing of overgrowth in the cemeteries, the hospital has no money in its budget for regular maintainence. Curt Florey, formerly the president of the board of trustees at the hospital would like the cemeteries cleaned up and preserved. But this is not a goal one person can accomplish -- there needs to be a restoration committee. If you are interested in helping form a committee, please contact Curt.
Marker #21: There are over 10,000 of people buried in these cemeteries. Tewksbury was once a pauper lunatic asylum as well as an almshouse. The records of those buried in the first 37 years of the institution are lost.