Docent Program seeking residents to lead weekly public Cemetery tours.


SOMERVILLE – The Somerville Historic Preservation Commission (SHPC) and Historic Somerville are seeking volunteers to assist with public openings at the City’s oldest burial ground, the 1804 Milk Row Cemetery. Through the City’s Docent Program, the Cemetery is open to the public one Sunday afternoon per month from 1 to 4 p.m. Additional volunteers would also be instrumental in opening the Cemetery one weekday evening for two hours from June through November.


Docents are encouraged, but not required, to wear period appropriate clothing, which can be supplied by Historic Somerville if needed. No prior experience is required. The Cemetery is located on Somerville Ave., between Quincy St. and Dane St.


The Docent Program began in 2012 to help guide interested visitors around the Cemetery and answer questions about the site and those buried there. Volunteers, known as “docents,” will be trained to serve as guides, highlighting the history of the site. 


If interested, please submit your contact information to, along with a brief biography and a statement of interest. If possible, please include your dates of availability for Sunday afternoons or a weeknight from June through November. For further information, please contact Brandon Wilson at, or 617-625-6600, x 2532.

The City of Somerville does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities free of charge, upon request.
If you need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures in order to access this program, please contact the ADA Coordinator no later than seven (7) business days before the scheduled event at the address noted below:


Betsy M. Allen          

167 Holland Street, Room 207 

(617) 625-6600, Ext. 2323 (Voice)  

(617) 808-4851 (TTY)



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