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Brook Farm and Gethsemane Cemetery

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Brook Farm and Gethsemane Cemetery
West Roxbury, Massachusetts 02132
Brook Farm webpage
Gethsemane Cemetery webpage

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Brook Farm & Gethsemane Cemetery
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About Brook Farm
At one time, Brook Farm in West Roxbury was the center of a radical American intellectual movement. Here, the 19th-century Transcendentalists created a utopian community on a farm outside Boston. They practiced a new model of living that strived to balance intellectual and artistic life with manual labor.

Much has changed since George and Sophia Ripley purchased the Ellis farm in 1841 for their new community. Ownership is now in the hands of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The landscape has been radically transformed throughout, and only one semi-historic structure remains. Yet its significance has not been forgotten: Brook Farm is a National Historic Landmark and a state and City of Boston landmark as well as a valuable natural resource.

Today, figures of Brook Farm like the Ripleys, Margaret Fuller, Rev. Theodore Parker, and Nathaniel Hawthorne are inspiring a new movement among urban dwellers in Boston’s southwestern neighborhoods. Inspired by Brook Farm’s past, they are drawn to a new vision for Brook Farm that echoes the Transcendentalists’ hopes and dreams of a center of intellectual, agricultural, and artistic activity.
From Brook Farm webpage

The Gardens Cemetery in Boston, Massachusetts is nestled within the 179-acre Historic Brook Farm and surrounded by 1,000 acres of rolling hills, meadows, and protected woodlands. The beauty, tranquility, and safety of our location is evident as soon as you enter and there is no greener cemetery than The Gardens.

The Gardens is comprised of 38 beautiful, individual gardens, each with its own features, appearance, and special feel. The separate gardens allow us to accommodate our diverse families in practicing their own customs and traditions.

The individual gardens create a very intimate, calming, and serene environment. Our families tell us what they would like to experience when visiting The Gardens and we create gardens around those needs.
From Gethsemane Cemetery webpage