Hope for Hilldale Cemetery
Hilldale cemetery is located on Hilldale Avenue in Haverhll, Massachusetts. This 20+ acre cemetery contains more than 4000 plots some of which date back to the early 1800's. The cemetery contains a great deal of history. The soldier's hill area contains a large number of civil war era veteran stones and a monument to veterans. Indeed, the stones of veterans of all conflicts are located throughout the cemtery. Pioneers of the City of Haverhill, farmers, doctors, lawyers... people of all walks of life are buried at Hilldale.
Sadly, the cemetery has fallen into disrepair due to neglect. The current board of the Hilldale Cemetery Association has taken on the monumental task of reclaiming Hilldale Cemetery from the elements and the years of neglect. We have made some progress in the front and left hand sections of the cemetery, a great deal of trimming, mowing and resetting of stones has already occurred... but we have much work ahead of us.
There is currently very little money in our account. We currently own only hand operated lawn care equipment (push mowers and battery powered weed whackers, rakes, clippers). We rely on volunteers and board members to care for the cemetery In the summer of 2014 Nicholas Dobrosielski, a Haverhill Eagle Scout completed his Eagle Scout project at the cemetery which involved the contruction and installation of a welcome sign at the entrance that includes a full map of the cemetery, cutting and removing brush, mowing and thatching and plantings as well. More than 300 man hours went into the cemetery as a result of that project. Nicholas has since joined the board of directors of the Hilldale Cemetery Association and is workign to ensure that his work does not come undone.
Our goals for the coming seasons are: Continuing to mow, thatch and remove brush from areas of the cemetery, continue to build our compost area, so that we can use the compost in areas of the cemtery without added cost. We would also like to be able to purchase ride on lawn care equipment and a shed in which to store it.
Aside from monetary donations, assistance from volunteers is greatly needed and appreciated. Donation of lumber, powered lawn equipment that is in good working order, hand tools such as trimmers, rakes, shovels, and pitchforks are also very welcome. The board is able to offer community service credits to volunteers for scouts, school, church and community, etc.
Your help is greatly needed and much appreciated