Friends of Greenlawn Cemetery

Finding Ancestors & Heritage Trees in Greenlawn

We invite you to join us on Saturday, May 1st at 10 AM for Finding Ancestors + Heritage Trees in Greenlawn.

Join us on Saturday, May 1st as we will share how to find loved ones buried in Greenlawn as well as some heritage trees in the F. Carroll Sargent Arboretum at Greenlawn Cemetery.

We will share the 1894 Dickson Memorial Chapel and the 800 plus bulbs in the Conservatory Garden. You will find us at the Orne Street side gate. We will be selling tee shirts, ball caps and more. Please park on Orne street or the surrounding neighborhood streets.

This event is free.

Donation are suggested as we are fundraising to restore two more stained glass windows of the chapel.

Please reach out to with any questions.

Masks are required and all current protocols will be followed. Rain date is May 2nd.

Help plan the future of historic Greenlawn Cemetery

Roundtable VIRTUAL DiscussionEvent by Megan Riccardi, Salem City Councillor – Ward 6

Monday, February 1, 2021 at 6:30 PM EST – 8 PM EST

Price: Free · Duration: 1 hr 30 min


The City of Salem is in the process of developing a master plan to guide future improvements, expansion, and long-term management of its largest place of interment, the 55-acre historic Greenlawn Cemetery.

Dating to 1807, Greenlawn was enlarged and embellished in the mid 19th century and laid out in the Rural or Garden Cemetery style. The property recently was added to the National Register of Historic Places, but despite this honor, suffers from decades of minimal maintenance. A shortage of available interment space has diminished the cemetery’s ability to financially sustain itself, further compromising upkeep.

Through the master planning process, the City hopes to restore the character and quality of Greenlawn’s historic landscape, funding this effort, in part, through the development and sale of new, sensitively designed interment sites.

For more information about this project, please contact Bob LeBlanc, Cemetery Superintendent, at Monday, February 1st 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

To access the ZOOM MEETING LINK, visit:… 

Via Zoom Meeting:
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Save the Date – January 26th – Greenlawn Cemetery Master Plan Visioning Session.

Greenlawn Cemetery Master Plan Visioning Session—January 26, 2021at 6:30 PM

The monthly Friends of Greenlawn meeting will be at 6:30 on January the 26th with Master Plan consultant Martha Lyon. A zoom link will be available at a later date, please email us at Your opinion matters, this is where you may give your input regarding Greenlawn Cemetery.

Why do you love Greenlawn? The family buried there, history, nature, peace, trees, birds, walking, arboretum.

How do you see Greenlawn for generations to come? Beautification, maintenance, preservation.

Please join us on the 26th. This is the first public meeting for the Master Plan.

Preserving Salem with some more Greenlawn Cemetery Master Plan information. The consultant team has been picked already. Martha Lyon. ASLA, CLARB, Martha Lyon Landscape Architecture, LLC will be leading the Friends of Greenlawn meeting on the 26th and the Master plan for Greenlawn. 

Thank you for your support. We are making a difference all working together.

The Friends of Greenlawn.

Giving Tuesday

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.” –

As part of GivingTuesday this year, we are asking for your support to reach our goal toward the restoration and preservation of the Dickson Memorial Chapel of two right side entrance stained glass windows.

We are almost halfway to our goal and for this GivingTuesday here are a few ways you can help us in that effort.

Donate by purchasing Friends of Greenlawn Gear or Items

Another way that you can show your support for the restoration of the Dickson Memorial Chapel is through the purchase of any of the many different items we offer for sale at many of our events.  We offer t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, sweatshirts, ball caps, postcards, photo cards, original paintings by local artist Debra Freeman Highberger, large prints of photos taken by local photographer Charlie Lipson, past tour books and other related media, as well as other items from time to time that are made available for purchase.   

Donate by PayPal

Please use this link – PayPal – and you can easily send us a donation online through your PayPal account.  If you do not have an account, they’re free to create.  Please use our email address – – to donate.

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Please make checks payable to “Friends of Greenlawn” and send to the address below:

Friends of Greenlawn
P.O. Box 1001
Salem, MA 01970

Non-profit #: 82-3674404

FOG Cold Weather Gear Is In

Look what was picked up yesterday! Hoodies, long sleeve t-shirts have arrived just in time for the cold weather. We also have short sleeve tees and ball caps!

With the holidays around the corner, FOG gear makes the perfect gift for you or a loved one. Help save the Dickson Memorial Chapel and Greenlawn Cemetery.

Pick up your ordered FOG gear and buy more this Saturday, November 7th 9:30am – 12:30pm at the side Orne Street gate.

It’s going to be a gorgeous day, we hope to see you there.

For the Love of Trees II

For The Love of Trees II

Please join us to support Phase II of the restoration of the 1894 Dickson Memorial Chapel. Chapel viewing is from 9:30AM-12:30PM. We will be selling our tee shirts and hoodies by the Orne Street side gate. We will fill all orders that were placed at our last event and have plenty more to sell. All funds go toward the restoration of the Chapel.

Come learn and hear all about some special trees in Greenlawn, the arboretum collaboration and some tree history!

We will also be sharing an update on the restoration of the 1894 Dickson Memorial Chapel. We are currently working on restoring two right side entrance stained glass windows. There will be Greenlawn & Chapel history being shared at the front doors of the Chapel from 9:30AM-12:30PM.

We are offering two tree strolls. One guided tree stroll is @ 11AM by Charlie Lipson and that will include some arboretum information and the other guided tree stroll is around Sargent Pond @ 12 noon with Salem’s most knowledgeable tree guru, Chris Burke.

Please come and appreciate one of Salem’s best hidden, beautiful, rural, historic gems and accredited arboretum known as Greenlawn Cemetery. This event is free. Donations are appreciated. Thank you for your support. The Friends of Greenlawn

All current pandemic rules apply and masks are required in Greenlawn. Viewing of the Chapel and our ability to be outside for this event is weather dependent. Fingers crossed it is a good day!

The Friends of Greenlawn.

Updated Cemetery Map

Map last updated on 01/05/21

This is the free Friends of Greenlawn Cemetery map that we put out by the cemetery office. It has been put up here so others can share, see and use it during this non contact time. It was recently redone to make it easier to donate. If you open your PayPal app and take a picture of the QR code it will bring you directly to the Friends of Greenlawn donation page. We are currently fundraising for Phase II of the restoration of the Dickson Memorial Chapel. We are fully restoring the two right side stained glass windows and wood trim by the front door. We only need $15,000.00 to complete this project!

Thank you for your support!

Friends of Greenlawn Trails & Sails

Thank you to everyone that helped make the Friends of Greenlawn Trails & Sails event yesterday a big success! It turned out to be a beautiful day. It was so nice to meet so many wonderful, kind neighbors and Greenlawn fans.

If you missed out, this is an online event and you can complete it at anytime. Click here to participate. This challenge is intended to be a fun way to learn about history & nature while gaining a deeper appreciation of our rural cemetery and the importance of preserving and protecting it. Check out more at: Trails and Sails 

This event is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. We are working toward restoring two more beautiful stained glass windows on the Dickson Memorial Chapel.

We sold so many hoodies, tee shirts and ball caps we are placing a dream order. If you want something specific, please reach out to

Think ahead as the holiday season is coming. Thank you for your support. All proceeds go toward the restoration of the Chapel. We are making a difference all working together!

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Please pardon the overnight email…

We’d like to apologize for the WordPress notification email sent out to subscribers overnight.  If you subscribe to our blog, then you may have noticed an email announcing a “new post” – the post contained within the email is actually from the early days of the group and was originally published over 7 years ago.

The new post that was actually published is a friendly reminder about today’s “For the Love of Trees, History, and Greenlawn” event being held at the Dickson Memorial Chapel from 9:30AM-1:00PM.  That post can be read here:

At this time, it is not clear why this happened but it is being looked into.