Arsenal Street Cemetery

The web site “American Cemeteries” reports that there 8 cemeteries in Watertown: Arsenal Street Cemetery, Brookside Cemetery, Calvary Cemetery, Degel Israel Cemetery, Glenwood Cemetery, Graves Hill Cemetery, North Watertown Cemetery, Underwood Cemetery.

702 Arsenal Street

Circa 1825

“Established around 1825 as the Village Burial Ground, this historic cemetery is one of the oldest in Watertown. Despite being located on the city’s busiest street, it’s a much neglected space that barely registers with the hundreds of motorists that pass by each day. Inactive since the mid 1920s, the relavance of its occupants fades with each year that comes and goes.

The final resting place of nearly 700 souls, Arsenal Street Cemetery inters everyone from the city’s early pioneers to Revolutionary and Civil War veterans, and immigrants that made Watertown their home.

In years past, the Daughters of the American Revolution were instrumental in helping to maintain the grounds, and in 1913 erected a plaque in honor of the servicemen buried in the cemetery.

At that time, the Watertown Daily Times wrote ‘it is a local civic duty as well as a patriotic one, and it has inspired the common council to make a contribution to clean up the grounds, and the Roman Catholic societies, whose early cemetery is next to it, to extend the good work of fencing and improving the grounds where early residents and members of their faith are buried. Here many of the fathers of the hamlet sleep in neglected graves; they were the builders of the foundations of the city, their memories should be respected.’ (Published 9/27/1913)”
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According to the web site “Find A Grave”, there are 9 people with the last name Massey buried in the Arsenal Street Cemetery. Find A Grave is a valuable resource with information and photographs from, according the the web site, 527,626 cemeteries in 244 countries!