The Evergreen Cemetery of South Hadley is a large lawn style cemetery. It was founded in 1868 as a Protestant Cemetery. In 1902 the Old South Hadley Cemetery was moved from College Street to the back of the Evergreen Cemetery.
stop 1 – Old South Hadley Cemetery (move 4)
The Old South Hadley Cemetery once was located on College Street across the street from the Mount Holyoke Seminary. The last move of the burials and the stones was in 1902 when the very back of the cemetery was filled in.
stop 2 – Old South Hadley Cemetery (move 2)
Many families selected not to have their relatives moved into the back of the Evergreen Cemetery but rather into its middle. These were mostly family style gravestones.
The Day family is one such family. Some Days were in the Old SH Cemetery and some in Evergreen. In 1902 at the time of the big move, all the stones were disposed of and a new stone made.
The Asa Clark family is another situation where the stones and bodies were moved but here the stones were kept.
stop 3 – Old South Hadley Cemetery (move 1)
When the Evergreen Cemetery was opened in 1868 all the burials that year were from the Old South Hadley Cemetery. The relatives of the burials were impressed by the look and location of the new cemetery that they wanted their relatives there. Most of the reburials were of families with large stones.
stop 4 – South Hadley Cemetery – Individual Stones (move 3)
Sergeant Joseph Miller of the 57th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers died at Andersonville Georgia on July 27 1864 at the age of 28. He is buried in the Andersonville National Cemetery (FINDAGRAVE) and has a cenotaph at the Evergreen Cemetery of South Hadley (FINDAGRAVE).
stop 5 – Evergreen Cemetery – modern sections
stop 5 – Evergreen Cemetery – old sections
Of course, as in most cemeteries, there is the need to improve some of the gravestones.
Also in most old cemeteries there are a group of gravestones that need explanations.
stop 7 – Old South Hadley Cemetery – temporary road and bridge
stop 8 – Evergreen Cemetery – gates