Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust

Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust We are a nonprofit charitable organization promoting appreciation of the cultural, historical, and natural resources in Medfield's Vine Lake Cemetery.
Organized to preserve, enhance, interpret, and celebrate Medfield, Massachusetts' historic Vine Lake Cemetery founded in 1651

06/05/2019

Words Matter, a walking tour scheduled for this Saturday, June 8, at 10:30am, is postponed to a July Saturday date TBD.

Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust's cover photo
04/17/2018

Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust's cover photo

NEXT WALKING TOUR THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10...INDOORSStories of 18th Century Gravestones and Carvers Featured at the Li...
02/09/2018

NEXT WALKING TOUR THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10...INDOORS

Stories of 18th Century Gravestones and Carvers Featured at the Library

You're invited to a presentation at the Medfield Public Library on February 10, Saturday, from 1 to 2pm.

'Medfield Slumbers: An Inventory of 18th Century
Gravestones' is the culmination of a grant the Trust received from Mass Humanities.

Your attendance will answer these questions.

What surprises did we find?

What discoveries will add to the cemetery's lore?
How will this inventory be a catalyst for more narratives about the cemetery?

How can I appreciate gravestones and their carvers in new ways?

Featured speakers are Elise Madeleine Ciregna, president of the Association for Gravestone Studies, Laurel Gabel and Vincent Luti, pre-eminent gravestone scholars, and Rob Gregg, president of Vine Lake Preservation Trust.

Trust Receives Prestigious Honorhttp://www.hometownweekly.net/medfield/vine-lake-trust-receives-prestigious-honor/
11/02/2017
Vine Lake Trust receives prestigious honor - Hometown Weekly Newspapers

Trust Receives Prestigious Honor

http://www.hometownweekly.net/medfield/vine-lake-trust-receives-prestigious-honor/

In Tuscaloosa on June 24, the Association of Gravestone Studies’ (AGS) Board of Trustees, at their Annual Reception and Banquet, awarded Vine Lake Preservation Trust with The 2017 Oakley Certificate of Merit "for the significant care and extensive educational programming" to Medfield's historic Vine...

Vine Lake Cemetery Before HumansNext Walking Tour Focuses on the Last 10,000 Years of Cemetery ArcheologyYou've got a lo...
09/13/2017

Vine Lake Cemetery Before Humans

Next Walking Tour Focuses on the Last 10,000 Years of Cemetery Archeology

You've got a lot of catching up to do. This Archeology Walking Tour is just the way to do it.

Discover how the cemetery topography was formed. Find out how the Native Americans used this land. Recognize why selected gravestones are becoming just stumps. Fathom how atmospheric conditions will have lasting effects. See climate change in action.

We hope you'll enjoy the contributions of the tour leaders: John Thompson, Medfield's resident archeologist and Rob Gregg, Vine Lake Preservation Trust's president.

This Archeology Walking Tour happens on October 7, Saturday, from 10:30 to 12 noon. Admission is free.

Enter the cemetery at 625 Main Street (the lower entrance), park on the road around the lake, and climb the steps to the Old Section. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

THIS SATURDAY, TAKE A TREASURE HUNT AT VINE LAKE CEMETERYAudience Focus is Families with Children Age 10+ on Saturday, A...
08/15/2017

THIS SATURDAY, TAKE A TREASURE HUNT AT VINE LAKE CEMETERY

Audience Focus is Families with Children Age 10+ on Saturday, August 19

Consider taking a 10-stop treasure hunt at your own pace to fill-in-the blanks about art and history in Vine Lake Cemetery. It's an enjoyable way to make new discoveries in this unguided tour.

Arrive anytime between 10:30 and noon; stay as long as you wish. Children must be accompanied by a parent.

Enter the cemetery at the lower entrance (625 Main Street); park on the road around the lake; climb the steps to the Old Section. Admission is free.

During the spring and summer of 2017, volunteers from Vine Lake Preservation Trust applied their labor and ingenuity to ...
07/11/2017

During the spring and summer of 2017, volunteers from Vine Lake Preservation Trust applied their labor and ingenuity to convert part of the Langley Lot to sustainable ground covers and find craftsmen to fabricate a period gate. This memorial was first established in the Old Section soon after 1890.

During the spring and summer of 2017, volunteers from Vine Lake Preservation Trust applied their labor and ingenuity to convert part of the Langley Lot to sustainable ground covers and find craftsmen to fabricate a period gate. This memorial was first established in the Old Section soon after 1890.

Walking Tour: Little Known Secrets of Vine Lake CemeteryOctober 29 Walking Tour to Feature Intriguing Questions and Prov...
10/25/2016

Walking Tour: Little Known Secrets of Vine Lake Cemetery

October 29 Walking Tour to Feature Intriguing Questions and Provocative Answers

We'll explore numerous gravesites, examining inscriptions and art to better appreciate some mysteries.

+ What's the secret behind Alexander Lovell's gravestone?

+ What do perforated stones imply?

+ What will Anna Day Hoisington's memorial look like 50 years from now?

+ Who was the brother to which Sally Ephraim referred?

+ If John Wilson died in 1691, why does his memorial have a carving from the 1800's?

* Date and Time
Saturday, October 29, 10:30am to 12noon

* Where
Enter the Cemetery at 625 Main Street (the lower entrance), park on the road around the lake, and climb the steps to the Old Section.

* Admission
Free

For more information go to www.vinelakepreservationtust.org

TRUST PUBLISHES FREE APP FOR VINE LAKE CEMETERY The history of the local and wider Medfield community is in many ways bu...
08/30/2016

TRUST PUBLISHES FREE APP FOR VINE LAKE CEMETERY

The history of the local and wider Medfield community is in many ways buried in the past at Vine Lake Cemetery’s Old Section.

Vine Lake Preservation Trust has recently launched a new mobile application and website enhancement, mapping each of these gravesites on satellite maps, and linking the memories and histories of the individuals interred there.

At either Apple or Android app stores, you can download the Trust’s free mobile app, or you can visit www.vinelakepreservationtrust.org to search the burial records.

The Old Section has been mapped in Google Maps so that visitors using the mobile app can have GPS navigation directly to the graves for which they are looking, and view the memories, stories, photos, and videos shared by friends and family. Submissions can be made through the memorial pages on the Trust’s website.

The Trust’s mobile application also offers walking tours of landmarks throughout the cemetery, the initial one being ‘Walk Among The Shadows.’

“Today, we are asking local and wider community members to contribute to this history project. The Trust welcomes anyone to send us information or photos of someone buried in the Old Section,” said Rob Gregg, Trust president. “Together, we can collect and preserve the history of our community. Every life story should be remembered, and now it can be.”

“Our new mapping and mobile application is making navigation of the Old Section so much easier for our guests. We plan to bring to life our history and memories of loved ones through the sharing photos and stories,” said Gregg.

“As visitors search our records on our website, they can share memories, stories, photos, videos on the memorial pages of their loved ones. Their submissions are published in our mobile app so that the story is geo-referenced to the physical grave space.”

Vine Lake Preservation Trust’s project is powered by webCemeteries.com, a cemetery technology company in Pennsylvania working with hundreds of cemeteries across the United States.

“I have numerous relatives buried at the cemetery,” said Sharon Gillis, a Pratt family descendant and Medfield resident. “This app makes finding their locations much easier, and it means so much to me that I can share their memory in this way.”

To download the free mobile app, search for Vine Lake at the app store.

For more information about the Trust, visit www.vinelakepreservationtrust.org

Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust
08/30/2016

Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust

Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust
06/13/2016

Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust

05/16/2016

Some of the Red Foxes near their dens at Vine Lake Cemetery. Photos courtesy of Edmund Prescottano.

Yesterday's Walking Tour: The Language of Flowers
05/07/2016

Yesterday's Walking Tour: The Language of Flowers

The Medfield Garden Club had an excellent tour yesterday at the Vine Lake Cemetery. Rob Gregg, the president of the Vine Lake Preservation Trust, led the group through the old part of the cemetery on an interpretive walk exploring "The Language of Flowers" on gravescapes from the 17th and 18th centuries. Here, Rob discusses the significance of roses and shafts of wheat. In an earlier ceremony, the garden club gave Vine Lake a donation for enhancement of this important historical treasure in Medfield.

Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 89, the Old Section finds enhancement.
04/22/2016
Photos: A spring spuce-up for Medfield's Vine Lake Cemetery

Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 89, the Old Section finds enhancement.

On Saturday, April 16, members of the Vine Lake Preservation Trust teamed up with Boy Scouts from Troop 89 to remove branches and other debris from around the cemetery.The Vine Lake Preservation Trust is a 501 (c)3 charitable organization promoting appreciation of the cultural, historical and natura…

Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust's cover photo
04/03/2016

Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust's cover photo

Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust
04/03/2016

Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust

For the 6th consecutive year, 'Quiet Voices' was given an All Star Award by Constant Contact, the newsletter's email pro...
03/30/2016

For the 6th consecutive year, 'Quiet Voices' was given an All Star Award by Constant Contact, the newsletter's email provider.

Awarded to the top 10 percent of organizations using their email marketing program, Contact Contact has recognized the Trust's consistent delivery of monthly newsletters, its minimal bounce rate, and its highly successful open rate among nonprofit organizations.

Thank you to both Constant Contact and our readers.

Scholars work to determine carvers of historic Medfield graves
03/21/2016

Scholars work to determine carvers of historic Medfield graves

Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust's cover photo
03/02/2016

Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust's cover photo

Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust
03/02/2016

Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust

Here's the gravestone of Dorcas (Morse) Clark [1645-1725] carved by Nathaniel Emmes.  For a sampling of more early carve...
02/27/2016

Here's the gravestone of Dorcas (Morse) Clark [1645-1725] carved by Nathaniel Emmes. For a sampling of more early carvers in Vine Lake Cemetery, check out the upcoming Trust's March newsletter.

Saturday morning, February 6
02/06/2016

Saturday morning, February 6

Here's another section of the stone wall showing so much improvement.  How does it look to you?
02/01/2016

Here's another section of the stone wall showing so much improvement. How does it look to you?

Take a look at the dramatic improvement to the Old Section's stone wall running along the eastern boundary.
01/27/2016

Take a look at the dramatic improvement to the Old Section's stone wall running along the eastern boundary.

Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust's cover photo
01/07/2016

Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust's cover photo

Profile Pictures
01/07/2016

Profile Pictures

The Trust added festive displays along Main Street, this one completed by Maureen Doctoroff, a Trust Director.  Thanks s...
12/21/2015

The Trust added festive displays along Main Street, this one completed by Maureen Doctoroff, a Trust Director. Thanks so much for taking care of the urns throughout the seasons.

On the last preservation session for 2015, (l-r) Greg Andrulonis, George Gray, Scot Holman, and Rob Gregg stand behind t...
12/13/2015

On the last preservation session for 2015, (l-r) Greg Andrulonis, George Gray, Scot Holman, and Rob Gregg stand behind the recently epoxied Miller memorial. (photo credit to Victor Cevoli)

In the December 2015 issue of 'Quiet Voices,' catch the breaking news about recent discoveries in the fabled Plimpton lo...
11/24/2015

In the December 2015 issue of 'Quiet Voices,' catch the breaking news about recent discoveries in the fabled Plimpton lot in the cemetery's Old Section.

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Robust preservation effort by Trust volunteers concludes with installation ceremonyOn Saturday October 17, the Ware memo...
11/14/2015
The Ware Memorial Restoration

Robust preservation effort by Trust volunteers concludes with installation ceremony

On Saturday October 17, the Ware memorial was introduced to the public for the first time since 1917 when it was shattered into 24 pieces.

Catch the slide show which tells this remarkable story from start to finish.

A nonprofit charitable corporation promoting appreciation and preservation of the cultural, historical, and natural resources in Medfield’s Vine Lake Cemetery founded in 1651.

Perhaps the oldest but undated photo of Vine Lake Cemetery as it sits on the hill to the right of west-bound Main Street...
11/13/2015

Perhaps the oldest but undated photo of Vine Lake Cemetery as it sits on the hill to the right of west-bound Main Street. Notice a horse and carriage in the distance on the dirt road.

Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust's cover photo
10/16/2015

Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust's cover photo

RESTORED WARE MEMORIAL UNVEILING OCTOBER 17, SATURDAYHere's an unveiling of a Vine Lake Cemetery memorial that you won't...
10/07/2015

RESTORED WARE MEMORIAL UNVEILING OCTOBER 17, SATURDAY

Here's an unveiling of a Vine Lake Cemetery memorial that you won't want to miss!

At 11:30am on Saturday, October 17, during a brief ceremony (rain or shine), you'll be able to see the remarkable restoration of the Ware family memorial. Sometime after 1917, the Ware memorial was shattered into 24 pieces and left to sink into the ground (photo below). Trust volunteers discovered this marble memorial in 2011, decided that restoration was necessary and proper, and spent numerous hours using industry-standard steps to restore its dignity.

You are invited to see first-hand on October 17 the Trust's expertise in another of its long-list of successful preservation projects. You'll also learn about the Ware family, their Medfield residence in the 1850s, and the family members interred in their lot. Find out too which town organizations and which volunteers contributed to this effort.

Enter Vine Lake Cemetery at the lower entrance (625 Main Street), park on the roads around the lake, climb the steps to the Old Section, and look to the left at the top to easily find the Ware lot against the stone wall.

Medfield’s Vine Lake Cemetery flourishes as historical resource - The Boston Globe
02/09/2015
Medfield’s Vine Lake Cemetery flourishes as historical resource - The Boston Globe

Medfield’s Vine Lake Cemetery flourishes as historical resource - The Boston Globe

With the help of dedicated volunteers, the old section of Medfield’s Vine Lake Cemetery, founded in 1651, has been transformed from a drab public space into site worthy of its listing on the National Register of Historic Places. A five-part lecture series on the cemetery’s history kicks off Saturday…

Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust's cover photo
11/30/2014

Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust's cover photo

Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust
11/30/2014

Medfield's Vine Lake Preservation Trust

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