Dennis Historical Society’s Diane Rochelle will guide visitors on an informative stroll through the enduring and extraordinary Howes Family Cemetery on Friday, June 14, at 10am.
The tour will focus on the early graveyard’s remarkable burial stones, their art, their epitaphs, and their carvers. The Howes Family Cemetery dates to 1665 and is the burial ground for many of the descendants of Thomas and Mary Howes, original Yarmouth settlers in 1639 on land that would become Dennis when the town split off in 1793. Many prominent citizens of early Dennis are buried within these hallowed grounds, including Jeremiah Howes (1639-1708) and Captain Thomas Prince Howes (1818-1894).
The ancient cemetery, which is entered from a path at the end of Bramble Lane off Beach Street in Dennis Village, has undergone an extensive restoration in the past two years, including removal of invasive brush and decrepit trees, as well as repair and rejuvenation of many of the headstones. The remarkable 19th century wrought-iron entrance gate was also beautifully revived. Funds for the burial ground’s rehabilitation were underwritten through a $57,530 grant from the Community Preservation Committee and overseen by DHS’s Bob Poskitt. Because the project came in under budget, over $4200 was refunded to the CPC.
The rain date for this event is Sunday, June 16, at 2pm.