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Medfield, Massachusetts

Our Vision  Medfield’s Vine Lake Cemetery is one of the most intriguing cultural records of our past. Since 1651, the burial ground and cemetery has remained a location for solitude, contemplation, and reflection where families come to honor and celebrate life in a peaceful environment. As an active cemetery and one of the last surviving remnants of Medfield’s beginnings, the cemetery artfully combines important social, historical, architectural, natural, and archeological environments.  In addition to being a tranquil and dignified public open space, it serves today as an imaginative outdoor museum. As such, Vine Lake Cemetery is a popular repository of family history while telling a compelling story about evolving attitudes towards death, burial, and public landscapes.

More About Who We Are

Our Mission Vine Lake Preservation Trust exists to attract funding and to establish Vine Lake Cemetery as a vibrant cultural resource by delivering programs in education, preservation, commemoration, and beautification to all ages.  In addition, Vine Lake Preservation Trust seeks to create a rewarding partnership not only with the families and friends of those interred, but also with the community-at-large which is drawn to the Cemetery’s historical significance, its contemporary interpretive importance, and its passive public use.  

Beginnings  In September 2008 a small group of concerned citizens met to explore how best to recognize Vine Lake Cemetery’s intriguing cultural significance.  One focus was the preservation of deteriorating and broken gravestones in this National Historic Place.  Another was the exploration of creative ways to celebrate this active public cemetery as Medfield’s only outdoor museum.  After meeting monthly, this group launched Vine Lake Preservation Trust in May 2009 as a nonprofit charitable corporation.

Medfield Collaborations The Trust enjoys a working relationship with these organizations, occasionally developing programs of mutual interest.

Culturalliance of Medfield       Dwight-Derby House           Lowell Mason House          

Medfield Cultural Council        Medfield Historical Society   Medfield Public Library

Zullo Gallery Center for the Arts

Photographs used throughout this website are courtesy of: John Borrell, Medfield Historical Society, Jean Mineo, Edmund Prescottano, Colleen Sullivan, Vine Lake Preservation Trust.

Directors  Maria Baler, Maureen Doctoroff, Rob Gregg, Susan Harlow, Rick Hooker, Charlie Peck