Laurel Hill Cemetery, the largest historical cemetery in the Town of Deerfield, is the successor to Albany Road Cemetery (Old Burying Ground) when internments there ceased at the end of the eighteenth century. Burials span 1800 to Present and trace seven generations of impactful Deerfield families, among them the Allen, Arms, Ashley, Barnard, Childs, Dickinson, Dwight, Frary, Fuller, Hawks, Hitchcock, Nims, Sheldon, Stebbins, Wells, Williams and Wright families. Laurel Hill Cemetery is a critical link to Deerfield’s 350-year-old history.
Laurel Hill Cemetery has long been an important part of resident life from a family, cultural and religious perspective. The Cemetery is a precious historical resource that affords unique genealogical research and educational opportunities for today’s visitors and for future generations. The carved gravestones, both in terms of epitaphs and drawings, are considered significant by gravestone scholars. Equally important in terms of the rich cultural and educational history of the Town, Laurel Hill Cemetery is the permanent resting place for leading educators from Deerfield Academy and Eaglebrook School and an eternal resting place for well-known artists such as George Fuller, Augustus Vincent Tack, and Stephen Maniatty.
Laurel Hill Cemetery’s unique setting among the woods and rolling hillside along Pine Nook Road offers visitors a tranquil environment to view wildlife, appreciate nature, and absorb history. Simply put, Laurel Hill Cemetery is a precious Town of Deerfield historic resource that provides learning, interpretation and reflection opportunities for all future generations.
The Association is responsible for the routine care and maintenance of Laurel Hill Cemetery, which is the property of the inhabitants of the Town of Deerfield. The Association also issues “leases in perpetuum” for available burial spaces and coordinates burials.
The Association seeks active participation from other Members who are Descendants of the seven generations interred at the Cemetery—both as Individuals or Family Associations. Such participation opportunities span serving on the Executive Committee to volunteering individual support for ongoing maintenance and improvement projects.
|Daily, Dawn to Dusk
|Closed to vehicles during winter ice and snow season. Pedestrians enter at their own risk throughout the year, especially during winter months.
|LEASE FEE PER BURIAL SPACE:
6 Memorial Street, Deerfield MA 01342
"Laurel Hill Cemetery Lot Burial Book"
“Cemeteries of Deerfield”
Epitaphs Transcribed by Edith Clark Nyman