Recently, the East Roxbury Cemetery underwent improvements resulting from an Eagle Scout community service project by Jonathan Tenney of East Roxbury, in collaboration with Boy Scout Troop 729. The cooperation and invaluable assistance of cemetery neighbor Wade Holt is acknowledged. Jonathan organized the project, including fund raising, that included the erection of a split rail fence along the south side of the cemetery and cleaning out undergrowth along the tree line on the east side. This project has greatly enhanced the cemetery’s appearance, for which the Cemetery Commission and the citizens of Roxbury are most appreciative.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were no projects undertaken by the Roxbury Cemetery Commission and volunteers.
On September 28th, 2019, Wendy and Jack Cashman were joined by a crew of volunteers, who began cleaning headstones in the early portion of the Roxbury Cemetery. The weather held out, and a number of headstones were cleaned.
In July, the Roxbury Cemetery Commission co-hosted, with West Brookfield Trust, a well-attended history tour of the First Settler East Cemetery in East Roxbury. Part of this event was a headstone-cleaning demonstration, with attendees trying out their new skills.
In August, a two-day stone resetting/straightening/repair project was completed by Green Valley Memorials at First Settler East Cemetery. This cemetery is now ready for stone cleaning.
The first replacement headstone was placed on the grave of George Wales (1842-1847), in East Roxbury Cemetery. A stone-cleaning project was completed in July.
Maintenance of Town of Roxbury Cemetery
The Town of Roxbury has assumed oversight of the Roxbury Cemetery on Rte 12A., The Roxbury Cemetery Commission maintains the Cemetery in partnership with the Town.