Did you know that we owe having beautiful public parks in America to the cemetery? In fact, the very first landscaped and garden-like park created, Central Park in New York City, was actually inspired by Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge MA, which was founded in 1831. Up until that time, cemeteries were basically graveyards and burial grounds lined with rows of headstones, rather than carefully planned memorial parks.
Likewise, beginning in 1902, Quidnessett Memorial Cemetery has been developed as a lovely memorial park which follows the contour of the land upon which the legacy of lasting memorials can be built. The cemetery has also uniquely combined the ability to reach all lots and memorial features, such as traditional headstones, by a road for easy access. Many memorial parks today still require walking over other people’s graves to reach a lot, and only allow flush markers on the graves.