Friends of Greenlawn Cemetery

For the Love of Trees IV, History & Greenlawn

Come join us for the Love of Trees IV, History & Greenlawn.

When: Saturday, September 24,2022 at 10AM – 1PM

History and guided walks starting at 10:30 a.m.

Where: 57 Orne Street , Salem, MA. Orne Street gate & The Dickson Memorial Chapel. Tree lovers and tour guides will be at the Dickson Memorial Chapel inside the side gate.

Park: There may be some uneven ground and hills if you are taking our guided tours. Please park on the street outside the cemetery if you are able. 

Did you know that Greenlawn Cemetery is also an accredited arboretum?
Did you know that the historic 1894 Dickson Memorial Chapel is inside Greenlawn? (Historic Salem calls the Chapel “highly significant and impressive”)
Did you know that Greenlawn is 55 acres, with walking paths and 2 ponds?

This is a free event sponsored by Friends of Greenlawn. Donations are welcomed and appreciated. All donations go toward the restoration of the stained-glass windows of the Chapel.

Come see the beautiful trees and hear about the history of Greenlawn, the arboretum, and the Dickson Memorial Chapel restoration to date.

We want to hear your story!

Greenlawn Cemetery 10/24/2020

Dear Friends of Greenlawn Cemetery

Approximately $35 Million is coming to Salem from the American Rescue Plan Act. We need your stories about how Greenlawn helped you to survive (or thrive) during the Covid-19 Pandemic in order to demonstrate how vital such places are to preserving our human infrastructure.

Please share your personal story about how Greenlawn Cemetery helped you to cope with the stress, isolation and anxieties provoked by this epidemic.

With the Greenlawn Cemetery Master Plan almost completed to provide a guide to preserving and improving this valuable community asset for future generations, we need to make a strong case for implementing the Master Plan’s anticipated recommendations.

To share your stories email us at

Thank you for your support.

We are making a difference all working together.




For the Love of Trees III, History & Nature at Greenlawn

When: Saturday October 23rd 10AM – 1PM

Chapel Viewing 10:30AM -12:30PM

Tree Walks & Talks @ 11AM & 12PM

Where: 57 Orne Street – Side Orne Street gate & The Dickson Memorial Chapel 

Please join us to support Phase II of the restoration of the 1894 Dickson Memorial Chapel. We will be selling our tee shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, ball caps and other items that day. We have plenty of inventory to sell. All funds go toward the restoration of the Chapel. 

Did you know there are apple, crabapple and possibly cherry & plum trees in Greenlawn? Come learn and hear all about the 1942 Greenlawn plant inventory list, 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 Chapel from 10:30AM-12:30PM. We are offering several tree walks & talks. 11:00AM & 12:00PM

Dr. Lisa Delissio, Charlie Lipson and Chris Burke will share the 1942 Greenlawn plant inventory list, some F. Carroll Sargent @ Greenlawn Cemetery arboretum updates, tree history and more. 

Please come and appreciate one of Salem’s best hidden, beautiful, rural, historic gems, accredited arboretum and cemetery known as Greenlawn Cemetery. This event is free. Please park along Orne Street or the neighboring streets if possible.Donations are appreciated. Thank you for your support. The Friends of Greenlawn.

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

Find a Grave

For a Greenlawn cemetery gravesite by name of deceased

The City of Salem has contracted with an online records management service for a central database for burial information for Greenlawn Cemetery.

Search burial record + by first and last name

Enter the following in the entry areas:

State: Massachusetts

Location: Salem

Cemetery: Greenlawn


Last Name: Stroyer

First Name: Jacob

Click On: Search


The search results will show details of the grave location and burial date plus a map of the cemetery with the lot locations. can be seen in the Greenlawn Cemetery office, which is generally open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM-Noon. The office is located about halfway down Orne Street inside the cemetery’s side gates. Small cemetery maps (without lot numbers) are available outside the office at the information board.

You may be able to find additional information using the search parameters of another online source: In the Rev. Stroyer’s case, at FindAGrave, you will also see the date of his death: 2/07/1908 and a brief biography of his remarkable life as a slave freed through the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War and his connections with Salem. The information in this source is provided by volunteers.

Greenlawn Cemetery Office | Orne Street, Salem. MA | Open Monday – Friday 8:00 AM-Noon.

TLC and Beauty at Greenlawn

There is some tlc and beauty going on in Greenlawn today! The conservatory doors and eye windows on the 1894 Dickson Memorial Chapel will soon be the original color, essex green.

Fingers crossed the weather holds out so the work can be completed before May 18th. We will keep you posted. Those lilacs smell amazing! I hope you get in a walk or drive in Greenlawn today.

All fundraising goes toward the restoration of the chapel. We are currently fundraising for the restoration of two stained glass windows by the front door of the Chapel.

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

A Call for Photographer Donations of Greenlawn

We are looking for photographers

The Friends of Greenlawn so appreciates all of the photographers that share the beauty and nature of Greenlawn on this Fb page.

We are asking for donations of your pictures for our picture cards we sell.

This would help support this beautiful haven you visit for birding etc. Once the Dickson Memorial Chapel is restored it will make money for the cemetery. We are currently woking on restoring stained glass windows on the third side of the Chapel.

Please consider helping through your photography passion and skills.

The pictures need to be 4X6. We would love flowers, birds, nature, trees and of course the Dickson Memorial Chapel. Please reach out to to arrange donating your photos.

Thank you for your support.

Thank you for coming out to our Ancestry Day event

It turned out to be a sunny day at Greenlawn. Thank you to everyone that made our Ancestry Days event, Finding Ancestors & Heritage Trees in Greenlawn a big success. It was so nice to meet and see so many fans.

We hope you enjoyed viewing the Chapel and finding loved ones and heritage trees in Greenlawn.

Save the date – May 18th  – to celebrate the Dickson Memorial Chapel conservatory side completion, the one year anniversary of the accreditation of the F. Carroll Sargent Arboretum at Greenlawn Cemetery and 127 years ago the Chapel was given to the City of Salem.

We will share more as we know the timing. It’s so nice to see this beautiful historic, treasure and gem in Salem getting noticed, cared for and loved. Thank you again for your support!

Congratulations Charlie

Congratulations Charlie! One of our favorite FOG people! Thank you for all you do for Salem and the community, especially Greenlawn Cemetery.

Charlie Lipson, who does so much for Greenlawn, is this week’s Destination Salem, Massachusetts Tourism Star for #TourismStarTuesday in honor of his work with Salem Maritime National Historic Site.

Congratulations Charlie! Well deserved!

Read The Post Here

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.

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