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Old Burying Ground Commission

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The Commission is responsible for:

  • the preservation and protection of Groton's Old Burying Ground
  • overseeing all repairs to stone markers
  • issuing permits for gravestone rubbings
  • educating the public about the Burying Ground

The OBG commission maintains information pertaining to the stone carvers and their families, and welcomes researchers to share additional information with the Commission

Most of the grave stones in the Old Burying Ground are recorded in the Samuel Green book of Epitaphs.  This book has been scanned and is available in its entirety online at 


For any grave records located in the Samuel Green Epitaphs book, more information - including a photograph of the marker - are available at on the Find a Grave website at 


The Commission was formed in March 1991 when Selectmen approved regulations governing the Old Burying Ground. In April 1991, Town Meeting voted to accept the state Gravestone Enabling Act (Chapter 272, S73A), which enables the Commission to remove a stone marker for repair.

Contact Information

Email: townclerk@grotonma.gov
Phone: 978-448-1100
Members: 5
Selection: Appointed
Term In Years: 1
Remuneration: None


Deborah Beal Normandin
Deborah Beal Normandin
Term Start: 2023-07-01
Term End: 2024-06-30
Donald R. Black
Donald R. Black
Term Start: 2023-07-01
Term End: 2024-06-30
Gail Chalmers
Gail Chalmers
Term Start: 2023-07-01
Term End: 2024-06-30

Old Burying Ground Commission Documents

    1. Old_Burying_Ground_Commission_approved_minutes_2019-10-08_id-10818.pdf
    2. Old_Burying_Ground_Commission_approved_minutes_2019-09-10_id-10732.pdf
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