Cemetery Tours Great Success

For my first post here on the Lowell Historical Society’s new blog, I thought I’d begin with a note on a longtime seasonal tradition in two of Lowell’s best known cemeteries.

The Lowell Cemetery’s iconic Ayer Lion after a much-needed renovation this summer.

This past weekend many people took advantage of the cemetery tours conducted at both the Lowell Cemetery and St. Patrick Cemetery. Historian Dick Howe – Lowell Register of Deeds – has been guiding seasonal and special tours at the Lowell Cemetery for the last three years having worked with mentor the late Catherine Goodwin. Catherine began these tours with her husband John many years ago.  Local historian and teacher David McKean developed the tours in St. Patrick Cemetery that now include an annual dedication of stones of forgotten Irish immigrants as part of the Mercy Drive program of the Ladies AOH (Ancient Order of Hibernians). This year in a special ceremony a stone from the ancestral home of Hugh Cummisky was buried at his grave site. Look for more information about the tours and ceremonies here at LowellIrish and here and here at richardhowe.com.

Lowell Historical Society Genealogist Walter Hickey and St. Patrick Church and Lowell Irish David McKean  bury the stone.