In this installment of Short & Sweet, my research is focused around some places that were suggested by commenters in Boston, Massachusetts, that brought in a great deal of the information that I look for when following the trail of hidden history.
LS recommended that I look into a cemetery called the Forest Hills Cemetery, which is in the Forest Hills section of the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.
Already, I see a lot to break-down here.
We are told the cemetery itself was established as a public municipal cemetery in 1848 for the town of Roxbury, until the town was annexed to Boston in 1868 and the cemetery privatized.
Seeing the term “public municipal cemetery” sparked my immediate interest, so I looked into that to see what I could find out.
Here is what we are told.
Also known as the “Rural Cemetery Movement,” these were said to have been a style of cemetery that became popular in the mid-19th-century in both the United States and Europe due to the overcrowding and health concerns of urban cemeteries.
They were typically built, we are told, around 5-miles, or 8-kilometers, outside the city in order to both be: 1) separate from the cities; and 2) close enough for visitors.
Not only that, the “Rural Cemeteries” were beautifully landscaped, containing elaborate memorials and mausoleums, and were places that the general public could go for outdoor recreation around art and sculptures, which previously had only been available to the wealthy.
Their popularity decreased, however, towards the end of the 19th-century due to: 1) the high cost of maintenance; 2) the development of true public parks; and 3) the perceived disorderliness of appearance due to independent ownership of family burial plots and different grave markers.
I find the “Rural Cemetery Movement” cropping up in history in the early- mid-19th-century, and ending, for all-intents-and-purposes at the end of the 19th-century to be particularly noteworthy, since the research I have done on what the official narrative tells us points right to this same time-period as being when the New World Order history reset really got underway, starting in earnest in 1830, and officially kicked off at the Crystal Exposition in London in 1851.
Okay, so let’s dig a little deeper into Forest Hills, its Cemetery, the Jamaica Plain neighborhood, and the surrounding area, and see what all comes up.
The Forest Hills Cemetery lies in-between, and to the southwest of Franklin Park, Boston’s biggest park, the design of which was credited to Frederick Law Olmsted in the 19th-century as part of the Emerald Necklace system of parks, and home of the Franklin Park Zoo since 1912…
…and southeast of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, the oldest public arboretum in North America, having been established in 1872,when the President and Fellows of Harvard University became the Trustees of part of James Arnold’s estate, a whaling merchant from New Bedford, Massachusetts, who specified in his will that part of his estate be used for “the promotion of agricultural or horticultural improvements.”
Frederick Law Olmsted got the credit, along with Charles Sprague Sargent, for designing the landscape of the Arnold Arboretum, as well as the Emerald Necklace of Parks.
The Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston was said to have been first settled by Boston Puritans in 1630 seeking farmland to the South, and then seceded from Roxbury as West Roxbury…in 1851, and became part of Boston when West Roxbury was annexed in 1874.
The neighborhood of Jamaica Plain became one of the first “Streetcar Suburbs” in the 19th-century, starting out in 1857 as “The West Roxbury Horse Railroad.”
The term “Streetcar Suburbs” referred to residential communities whose growth and development were shaped by streetcar lines as the primary transportation system, when, we are told, the introduction of the electric streetcar allowed the growing middle class to move beyond the inner cities into the suburbs, with a rapid growth of electric streetcar service taking place between 1870 to 1890.
There were three electrified streetcar routes to Boston from the Jamaica Plain neighborhood by the late 1800s – the Forest Hills-to-Boston Route; the Jamaica Plain-to-Boston Route; and the Dudley Street Cross-Over that linked Center and Columbus to the Washington Line.
These electrified rail-lines were all around the Forest Hills Cemetery, the maroon box, as well as three other cemeteries, highlighted in the purple boxes.
The Arborway Yard in the Forest Hills Station complex, directly adjacent to the Forest Hills Cemetery…
…was in use as part of the Green E Line Branch of Boston’s Light Rail system from 1924 until it was permanently closed in 1985.
The Forest Hills Station itself is still in use today as a main station serving the Forest Hills/Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, including subway, commuter rail and bus lines…
…right next to the Forest Hills Cemetery.
One more place to mention in Jamaica Plain before I take a look at the Forest Hills Cemetery.
Co-located in the same place are the Soldier’s Monument and the First Unitarian Universalist Church in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood.
First, the Soldiers Monument.
It was said to have been dedicated in 1871 as a memorial for those local citizens who died during American Civil War.
Maybe its just me reading into it, but the Soldiers’ Memorial in Jamaica Plain sure looks like the top of an old building to me!
The First Unitarian Universalist Church, also known as the First Church of Jamaica Plain…
…a stone church that was said to have been built in granite in 1854 in the Gothic Revival-style and designed by the prominent Boston architect Nathanial J. Bradlee.
One more church in Jamaica Plain to bring forward that I found when searching for images on the First Church was the Blessed Sacrement Church in Jamaica Plain’s Hyde Square.
I say was a church because the former Blessed Sacrament building has not been in use as a church in quite some time and currently in the process of being developed into a performance and event space by a local community task force.
Construction of the church was said to have been completed in 1917 and it was closed in 2004.
Now onto to the Forest Hills Cemetery.
What do we find here?
Well, firsts first I guess.
The Forest Hills Cemetery is the location of the first crematorium in not only Massachusetts, but in New England as well, which was added in 1893.
The Forest Hills Cemetery has notable monuments here.
There is a miniature village the cemetery known for, which apparently was added to the grounds in 2004 as part of a larger exhibition in the cemetery, and replicas of the homes of people buried there.
The houses have names carved on them, like “Temperance Leader.”
The subject of “Temperance Leader” brings to mind the “Temperance Movement,” and I am going to talk about the sheer number of historical breweries I have encountered thus far here in this one part of Boston alone, as well as what the “Temperance Movement” was, and the contradictions I see about it all.
Jamaica Plain was the home to most of Boston’s thirty-one breweries prior to the outlawing of alcoholic beverages during the Prohibition Era starting in 1920.
The reasons given for the high number of breweries were: 1) the quality of the water from the aquifer feeding the local Stony Brook; 2) the cheap cost of land in the area after merging with Boston in 1868: 3) and the influx of German and Irish immigrants here with a taste for lager and ale.
The Temperance Movement was called a social movement against the consumption of alcohol, and typically criticized alcohol consumption and emphasized alcohol’s negative effects on people’s health, personalities, and lives, and demanding the complete prohibition of it.
This is really interesting to me because the alcoholic beverage industry was becoming established during this time period between 1830 and 1900, creating the juxtaposition of a culture on one hand that encouraged the profuse consumption of alcohol, and at the same time a counterforce within that same culture that not only criticized alcohol consumption, but that got involved in “charitable institutions” with stated missions of guiding the poor out of the impoverishment and crime coming from the problem of drinking too much alcohol.
Here what is called the Temperance Fountain in New York City’s Tompkins Square Park.
It also looks like it could possibly be what was once the top of a building…
…as do the following monuments in Boston’s Forest Hills Cemetery:
The 1873 Chadwick Mausoleum was said to have been designed by William Gibbons Preston for Joseph Chadwick, a prominent businessman, who was one of the cemetery’s Trustees…
…and the 1909 Firemen’s Memorial.
Also at the Forest Hills Cemetery is the 1889 bronze sculpture of “Death Staying the Hand of the Sculptor,” also known as the Martin Milmore Monument, attributed to Daniel Chester French, in honor of the Martin Milmore, one of two brothers who were Irish immigrants who came to the United States…in 1851.
Martin Milmore was a sculptor, and his brother oseph Milmore a stone carver.
Martin was credited with the creation of the granite Sphinx at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in 1872, said to have been commissioned as a memorial to commemorate Union soldiers who died during the Civil War by the Mount Auburn Cemetery founder and architect Jacob Bigelow.
The Forest Hills Cemetery was said to have been inspired by the Mount Auburn Cemetery.
The first rural cemetery in the United States, the Mount Auburn Cemetery, was also in the Boston area, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, established in 1831.
Here is what is described as the “Egyptian Revival Style” front-entrance of the cemetery, said to have been built in 1842 under the direction of architect Dr. Jacob Bigelow to replace an identical original entrance that was built of wood in 1832.
The Bigelow Chapel on the Mount Auburn grounds was said to have been designed in the Gothic Revival style by Dr. Jacob Bigelow, and built in the 1840s for funeral services and public programs.
Interesting to note that the “Sphinx” sculpture on the Mount Auburn Cemetery grounds appears to be situated directly in front of, and facing, the Bigelow Chapel.
Mount Auburn was dedicated in 1831, and was the burial site of many of the “Boston Brahmins,” the name that was given to the wealthy families Boston of British Protestant origin that became influential in the development of American institutions, and culture, and contains the enclosures of families like the Lawrence family, which included people like Abbott Lawrence, who represented some of the real money in America at the time Mount Auburn was said to have been built in 1831.
Abbott Lawrence was involved in things like establishing the cotton textile mill industry in New England; promoting the railroad for economic development; was one of the partners in A. & A. Lawrence Company, which went on to become the greatest wholesale mercantile house in the United States back in the early days; was a Representative for the Massachusetts 1st District in the U. S. Congress between 1835 and 1837; and he served also as an Ambassador to the United Kingdom between 1849 and 1852 under Queen Victoria.
And is he sporting the “hidden hand” in this portrait?
It appears more and more to be the case that the elite class of the world we know got us programmed through many generations via their “hidden hand” in the development of our culture, which is also a masonic a masonic hand-sign signifying “Master of the Second Veil.”
Just for comparison, here are a few more cemeteries around the country named “Forest Hill” that popped up:
The Forest Hill Cemetery in Greencastle, Indiana, established in 1865…
…the Forest Hill Cemetery in Ann Arbor, Michigan, established in 1857 as a “Rural Cemetery…”
…the Forest Hill Cemetery in Utica, New York, established in 1850…
…and the Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison, Wisconsin, established in 1865.
It would appear that there is a LOT more to the old cemetery story than just some place to bury the dead.
If anybody has any ideas as to how these places that became cemeteries in the 19th-century might have tied into the bigger free-energy-grid-system picture, I would love to hear them!
Before I head out of the Boston area, CR left a comment to check out the “Ether Dome” at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
The dome itself is a copper dome with windows that let in natural light.
Underneath the Copper Dome on the inside is a surgical operating amphitheater that served as the hospital’s operating room from the time that it opened in 1821 until 1867.
It is famous as the place where the use of inhaled ether as a surgical anesthetic was demonstrated publicly, on October 16th of 1846.
Perhaps so, but the Ether Dome could also have a direct connection with Ether, the 5th element in alchemical chemistry and early physics that has been removed from our awareness, so we only learn about the first four – earth, air, fire, and water.
Ether is the material that fills the Universe.
There is an Egyptian mummy that has been in residence at the Ether Dome since May of 1823.
When it arrived by ship from Egypt in Boston, we are told, it was said to be the first complete Egyptian burial ensemble in America.
But did the mummy come from Egypt…or from America?
The resident mummy in the Ether Dome has been kept company since the 19th-century by a resident skeleton.
Apparently after the Massachusetts State Legislature passed the Anatomy Act in 1831, medical schools were allowed to obtain the bodies of the poor, the insane, and those who died in prison.
And is it just a coincidence that Boston’s Mount Auburn, the first rural cemetery in the United States, was also established in 1831 ?
So far in Boston, we have an Egyptian Revival-style cemetery gate; Sphinx; and mummy.
Can we find an obelisk and a pyramid?
Well, as far as obelisks go, there are a lot in the cemeteries here…
…and there is a big one erected at the site of the Battle of Bunker Hill, which was said to have opened in 1843.
How about pyramids?
Well, if I was there, I could probably find them hidden in plain sight.
But this is what I know from past research into Boston.
This is a 1775 map of the Shawmut Peninsula, of which Beacon Hill was the center.
This is what we are told:
Boston’s Shawmut Peninsula originally had three hills.
Pemberton Hill and Fort Vernon Hill were near Beacon Hill, and both of these hills were levelled for Beacon Hill development.
Beacon Hill itself was reduced from 130-feet, or 42-meters, to 80-feet, or 24-meters, between 1807 and 1832.
Were these three hills originally pyramids, or large geometric earthworks of some kind?
Also, interesting to note that land reclamation started here in 1820, in order to create land where there was originally water around the original peninsula, with the gray on this map of Boston showing where land was reclaimed.
All we have ever been taught about Egypt is that it was in one place in North Africa; what Egyptologists tell us that studies this place; and what the Bible tells us about Egypt and Egyptians.
We have never been taught about the Egyptian or Kemetic civilization having been a world-wide civilization, but there is plenty of physical evidence the world over that it was, unless you would prefer to believe the historical narrative about 200-plus-ton obelisks were transported from Egypt to other countries during the 19th-century, as we are told the Cleopatra’s Needles in London, Paris, and New York were.
There is even an Egypt Beach in Massachusetts.
I managed to cover a lot of topics in this one post just by focusing primarily on cemeteries in the Boston-area ~ a lot more than I expected before I started my research for this.
In my next Short & Sweet, I am going to look at some more places in New England based on the recommendations you have commented about or emailed me.
These include Fall River in Massachusetts; Newport in Rhode Island; Candlewood Lake and Meriden in Connecticut; and Atlantic City in New Jersey.
In my very next post, I am going to be presenting my research for the second, and as far as I know right at the moment, last part of the “Shapers of the New Narrative” series, which will cover things like penny candy; dime museums; circuses; other notable milestones in the founding of the movie industry; and those death-defying stunt performers that kept people looking up all the time!