“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Foxborough in Norfolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)

The Town Lot

The Town Lot Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig De Ruisseau, November 27, 2010
1. The Town Lot Marker
Inscription.  Here in unmarked graves lie the poor, the destitute, the strangers known only to God. Struck down by death in our midst, they were afforded the decency of a proper burial by a caring community. Some were residents of the town's poor farm. Others were from families simply too poor to afford a burial place of their own while still others were strangers never identified. When Rock Hill Cemetery was laid out in 1853, the Foxborough Cemetery Corporation set aside this section in which the town could fulfill its obligation to the needy among us. The town returned ownership to Cemetery in 1898. Burials in the Town Lot continued until 1968. A total of 137 commitments were made. Six individuals were later claimed by their families and removed to family plots. Thirteen were never identified.
Erected 2002 by Foxborough Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1853.
Location. 42° 3.704′ N, 71° 15.417′ W. Marker is in Foxborough, Massachusetts, in Norfolk County.
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Marker can be reached from South Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is in Rock Hill Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Foxboro MA 02035, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Reservoir on Powder House Hill / The Town House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Memorial Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Centre Burial Ground (approx. 0.4 miles away); Entering Baker Street Historic District (approx. half a mile away); Union Straw Works / Birth of the Straw Hat Industry (approx. half a mile away); Lakeview (approx. 0.9 miles away); Foxborough State Hospital Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Lodge at Foxborough (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Foxborough.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 27, 2010, by Craig De Ruisseau of North Attleboro, United States. This page has been viewed 668 times since then and 2 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on November 27, 2010, by Craig De Ruisseau of North Attleboro, United States. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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