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Smith Lake Cemetery
Cemetery #: 13 | PIN #: 169806485743 | Status: in use | Lot Size: 6.64 acres
Address: next to Water Filtration Plant

Old Name: Denison-Smith
Directions: From Route 117, turn right onto Route 1 South. Turn right into Water Filtration Plant Driveway and follow small green signs which say "Smith Lake Cemetery"
Caretaker: Avery-Morgan Cemetery Association (Gregory Johnson)
Number of Markers : 200
Earliest: 1689
Family Names : Avery, Morgan, Smith, Ackley, Ashbey, Graham, Edgecomb, Clark, Williams
Symbols/Unusual Stones: Many willow and urn, soul effigies and angels. Open Bible. Obelisk for Avery Family. Marker for Morgan House site. Marker for Avery and Morgan families. Oldest markers: continuous lettering.
Design Elements: Pine and Oak trees scattered throughout the cemetery. Stone ledge outcropping create quiet, serene
Enclosure: Stone wall-rustic and finished.
Ground Conditions: Good; very well kept
Stone Conditions: Some are leaning against Morgan House marker
Historical Significance: Smith Lake Cemetery moved here. First Avery and Morgan families in America
Hazards: None are obvious
Recommendations: 1) Decide what to do with fallen markers and stacked markers. 2) Create a map locating significant markers and family plots
Date: 5/29/1996
Description: Originally Smith Lake Cemetery was located on the edge of Smith Lake, which was the Town's reservoir. After a long debate in the early part of the century, it was moved to Avery-Morgan cemetery because many feared that the cemetery would pose a threat to the water supply and that graves would become unearthed by silt movement. The move was not well documented and was conducted hastily, making it difficult to know if all the interred bodies found a new resting spot, or if only their markers did. Many still remain at the original location which is on Groton Utility Land. Within Avery-Morgan cemetery, the Smith Lake cemetery is located near the entrance, taking up the first few rows of the central section of the cemetery.

Related Subjects:   Cemeteries, Groton