Newton officials are considering a proposal to help fund restoration of a historic cast iron fence at Newton Cemetery.
The cast iron fence surrounds the Whipple-Beal lot containing the first burial in Newton Cemetery, according to the Newton Cemetery Corporation, which oversees the site. The first burial in the lot was in 1856, although the fence was likely added years later, according to proposal filings.
The cemetery corporation is seeking $60,000 in Community Preservation Act money to help cover the cost of restoration, which is expected to total $74,500. The corporation would spend $7,500 on the project, while the Friends of the Newton Cemetery would fund-raise the remaining $7,000, according to proposal filings.
“The cemetery wishes to restore the Whipple-Beal fence,’’ Mary Ann Buras, the corporation’s president, told the committee in a September letter, “to prevent further deterioration and install interpretive signage to educate visitors, thus benefiting public interest in the history of the Cemetery and the City of Newton.”
The fence is 20 feet wide and 15 feet long, according to the corporation, and includes decorative medallions featuring images of lambs under willow trees.
A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in City Hall Room 204.
The cemetery grounds are open to the public. Tours of the grounds are co-sponsored by the cemetery corporation and Historic Newton.
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