In 2019, the historic Smith's Ferry Cemetery Project was awarded $5,300 in funding to restore 10 broken headstones, which have been in disrepair for many years due to lack of proper maintenance, vandalism, and age. The Smith's Ferry Cemetery, managed by the Holyoke Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of Holyoke Historic Cemeteries, is a place of great historical and cultural significance to both the City of Holyoke and Northampton. Smith’s Ferry Cemetery was constructed in 1807 and is on the State Register of Historic Places as one of the area’s earliest burial grounds. It spans 2.91 acres on the east side of a hill overlooking the Connecticut River along Route 5. It contains roughly 130 graves and stones markers and about 175 known remains. Read the final report here!