19th and 20th Centuries
In the 19th c. urns, swags and obelisks carved from marble and
granite replaced the simple slate of earlier stones.
9. Cousens Family – ca. 1870-80. Gothic arched stones, a popular
architectural feature of that time.
10. Ignatius Orcutt– The classic willow tree and urn motif reflects
an age that no longer feared the howling wilderness of the Puritans
nor Calvanist damnation. Picture
11. Osgood Family Plot – The large boulder at the base of the
Tower columbarium marks the gravesite of Rev. Joseph Osgood, who is
credited with working to establish the school system in Cohasset. Joseph
Osgood School is named in his honor. Picture
12. Lothrop Family Plot – Note the cast iron twig and branch
fence surround. Picture
13. Lulu, Jennie, Linda Tower – d. ca. 1860s. Sleeping children
and lambs memorialize the Tower sisters. This symbolic motif was beloved
by Victorians. Picture
14. Celtic Cross – Erected in 1914 by the Ancient Order of Hibernians
to memorialize the 99 victims lost aboard the Brig St. John of Galway,
wrecked on the Grampus Ledge off Cohasset in a severe storm in 1849.
The 45 bodies recovered are buried beneath the Cross. Picture
15. Samuel L. Jenkins – d. 1886. Jenkins was from a seafaring
family. Note the anguished female statue with anchor. Picture
16. William Hanlon – With six brothers, he formed a national
touring “pantomime” theater company. Authoritatively described
as the founder of American vaudeville theater. Picture
17. Gaylord Family Plot – This white marble gravestone marks
the grave of Cohasset’s only known Congressional Medal of Honor
recipient, Levi B. Gaylord. He received the medal for heroic action
on the road to Richmond during the Civil War. Picture
18. Caretakers Building - Built as a Receiving Tomb in 1873. Note
filigree on roofline.
19. Pratt Family Monument – The inscription had become unreadable.
Records read “When this stone has crumbled to dust, our descendants
will erect another more d urable.” In 2000, a new bronze plaque
was attached to the back of the original, giving the chronology of the
family’s history in America from Phineas Pratt’s arrival
in Weymouth in 1622. Picture
20. Cumner Columbarium - Built in 1982.
21. Tower Columbarium - Built in 1988.