Smith’s Ferry Cemetery

PROJECT UPDATE! The  CPAC is pleased to announce that the historic Smith's Ferry Cemetery Project has been awarded $5,300 in funding to restore 8-10 broken headstones.

UPDATE: This project is now complete! Read the final report here!

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The Smith's Ferry Cemetery project, managed by the Holyoke Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of Holyoke Historic Cemeteries, serves to fund the historic restoration of Smith's Ferry Cemetery, a place of great historical and cultural significance to both the City of Holyoke and Northampton. The funds serve to restore, reset and epoxy 8-10 broken headstones which have been in disrepair for many years due to lack of proper maintenance, vandalism and age. Smith’s Ferry Cemetery was constructed in 1807, is on the State Register of Historic Places and is one of the area’s earliest burial grounds, spanning 2.91 acres on the east side of a hill overlooking the Connecticut River along Route 5. It contains roughly 130 graves stones markers and about 175 known remains. The Smith’s Ferry Cemetery restoration adds to the cultural and local knowledge of this early agricultural area. Smith’s Ferry Cemetery is one of the area’s earliest burial grounds and is a significant location of early settlers of this area as well as veterans of our country’s wars. The CPA is pleased to be able to support these efforts to restore the historic gravestones at Smith’s Ferry.