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June 11, 2013

Letter: Historic Burying Ground needs to be protected

To the editor:

The North Andover Historical Commission supports the preservation and protection of the Berry Street Neighborhood Burying Ground, which is located on Berry Street on the site of a proposed apartment complex.

This cemetery spans three centuries of North Andover history and is the resting place of veterans from the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Records show that there are at least 35 marked graves in the cemetery and others that are unmarked.

According to state law, a developer must create a buffer zone around the site of a burying ground. The developer must also maintain a dedicated right of access and provide a plan for future maintenance and preservation of the site.

The commission strongly recommends the planting of low-maintenance shrubbery in the buffer zone to promote drainage and the construction of a stone walkway for access to the site.

The Berry Street Burying Ground is an important part of North Andover history and deserves protection and preservation.

Kathleen Szyska

Chairman

North Andover Historical Commission

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