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The peaceful setting of Saccarappa Cemetery



Saccarappa Cemetery is Westbrook’s oldest city (public) burial grounds.  The land, on a hill at the end of  Church Street, was purchased in 1827.  Seventy-five Saccarappa citizens paid Nathaniel and Sarah Haskell $200 for this parcel of land located near the Village. 
The earliest marker is for Albion Haskell who died in 1825 at the age of two months. Whether the marker was there at the time of purchase, or placed there after the cemetery for laid out, is anyone’s guess.
Over 100 veterans of U.S. conflicts can be found here; such as Revolutionary War veterans  Joseph Quinby and Nathaniel Hatch;  Spanish American War veterans  James Morris and  Marshall Merrill; War of 1812  veterans Henry Wheeler and Joseph Small; and Civil War vets  Royal Kollock and Enoch Wescott.  Since the cemetery is still active, veterans from WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, are also interred here.  Many familiar Westbrook names can be found in Saccarappa Cemetery: Conant, Trickey, Quinby/Quimby, Cloudman, Haskell, Edwards.

In 1914 the cemetery was given over to the care of Woodlawn Cemetery Trustees and is now under the care of Westbrook Public Services.

Because of the isolated location of the cemetery - on a dead-end street on a hill above William Clarke Dr. and next to Beaver Pond, it has become a popular place for partying, and it has been vandalized many times, leaving stones broken and tipped over.  The weather and large trees in the area have also taken their toll on the condition of the stones; many are no longer readable so we thank those who, in the past, have documented the stones and their epitaphs.

Note: The Saccarappa Cemetery’s stones have been transcribed at least three times: in 1962 by Mrs. Lottie B. Clark Gorrie, in 1978 by W Nash Davis & Dorothy Quinby Davis, and in 2001 by Donna & Norm Conley.  Each transcription found that many of the previously listed stones were missing or severely damaged due to weather or vandalism. Thus, we are losing much of our City's history.

Intricately carved stones are found in the cemetery
Signs of neglect and decay are also found
All photographs and information taken from Westbrook Historical Society archives, unless otherwise noted.
References: Cemetery Notebooks
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