A Fall Visit to Mount Auburn Cemetery

Craving yourself some fall scenery but don’t have time to drive north? Check out what we have waiting for us just minutes away, right over the Cambridge line on Mount Auburn Street:

That’s Mount Auburn Cemetery, an active burial ground with over 95,000 monuments – but also a designated National Historic Landmark offering 175 acres of walking paths and all-around gorgeous scenery. There’s a ton to explore on your own – famous grave sights, rare tree varieties, even bird watching! – and there’s also an amazing staff of volunteers who lead some very cool walks and info sessions in the fall. Here’s some of what’s happening in September:

  • Notable Women of Cambridge: Want the full download? Join this walking tour of the cemetery Saturday September 17th from 1:00-2:30 PM and learn about women who made significant contributions to the Cambridge and Watertown communities. 

  • Beekeeping Basics: If you’ve been curious about beekeeping, here’s where you start. Join the Mt. Auburn greenhouse management team for a hands-on beginners’ seminar on Tuesday September 13th for everything you need to know about bees, including a live hive demonstration and some honey harvesting. Pre-enrollment is required, and space is limited!

  • Cambridge Discovery Day: a great opportunity to discover Mt. Auburn if you missed the September 3rd walking tour! Check their website for more details on this developing event.

  • Spirits in the Cemetery: This one would be fun for a group – Plant Records Manager Steve Jackson will walk you through the cemetery to teach about the plants growing there that are used in craft distilling and cocktail mixology. You’ll even get to sample some botanical liquors afterwards!

  • Fall Migration Walk: If birds are your thing, you’ll want to get up early for this one. Avian expert Bob Stymeist will kick things off at 8 AM on Wednesday September 28th, when he’ll give you an up-close look at the fall migration of passerine birds – meaning any that perch, including all song birds.

Be sure to follow Mount Auburn Cemetery online for all the latest happenings this fall!