Fern Hill Cemetery

784 High St, Hanson, MA 02341, USA

(781) 243-2257

Owned By: Fern Hill Cemetery

Historic cemetery with walking paths and views of Wampatuck Pond. Water access for canoes, kayaks and anglers.


Founded in 1748 in association with the Second Church of Christ in the West Parish of Pembroke (now the First Congregational Church of Hanson). Also known as Old Burial Hill and Gravely Hill. The only active cemetery in the town of Hanson, it is very well-maintained. There is an on-site office with burial records. The granite archway at the entrance was placed in 1899, with great fanfare. It reads “1750-1900.”

There is a small section of shoreline at the rear of the property, where one could launch a kayak or canoe. More universal pond access is available at the Hanson Town Hall on Route 58.

Trail Description

Trails extend around the perimeter of the property and in row formation among the gravestones. Some are paved and some are grass or gravel. The public is welcome for walking from dawn to dusk.

Habitats and Wildlife

The cemetery is set on Wampatuck Pond, which was created by the damming of Wampatuck Brook in 1695. It lies within the Indian Head River watershed.

784 High St, Hanson, MA 02341, USA

Historic Site: Yes

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: Yes

Lifeguards: No

Size: 6.6 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Limited on-site parking. Follow the paved road from the entrance closest to Route 14 to the rear of the cemetery. A small parking area overlooks Wampatuck Pond.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy


Occasional benches. Informational kiosks. Stairway from the parking area leads down to the shore of Wampatuck Pond.

Dogs: Pets are welcome but must remain on leash and under control.

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: Yes

Scenic Views: Yes

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