View looking southwest, Fall 2001
 

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In the spring of 2011, we submitted to the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) the nomination of the Walker-Blake Graveyard for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. This submittal would be the first step in the process. Instrumental in the completion of this task was the editing work that was done by Jane Hennedy of the Old Colony Historical Society and Vincent Luti who is an expert on Southeastern Massachusetts gravestone carvers.

Upon receipt of the nomination package, the MHC staff evaluated the Walker-Blake Graveyard to determine its potential eligibility for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The MHC staff concluded the graveyard was eligible under Criteria A and Criteria C and has sent us a letter in support for the nomination.

Criteria A the graveyard is associated with Taunton’s history. Criteria C the graveyard has characteristics of a Colonial graveyard and many well carved gravestones. The National Park Service wants to see that a nomination has the support of the state historical commission before they will do there review.

The next step is to apply to the National Park Service who makes the final determination for National Register of Historic Places. We will keep you informed on this process!

October 22, 2011 Liberty and Union Day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Walker-Blake Graveyard Walking Tour
self-guided, with volunteers posted
To enhance your visit to the Walker-Blake Graveyard, Vincent F. Luti, a nationally known gravestone carver authority, will show certain gravestones and talk about the gravestone carvers.

Walker-Blake Graveyard is a crossroads cemetery containing the work of ten or more folk carvers of southern New England and Rhode Island. Within the wide ranging representation of folk art styles, the cemetery contains the largest collection of the unique apprentice work of John Bull of Newport, a teenager apprentice at the time whose mature work is widely recognized for its beauty.


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