Historical Commission News
Elm Street Cemetery Project
The Town of Braintree through the efforts of the Braintree Historical Commission and with the financial support of the Community Preservation Committee have undertaken efforts in the conservation and preservation of the Elm Street Cemetery dating back to the early 1700's.
Barbara Donohue, RPA, Cultural Resource Consultant worked for over a year with the Braintree Historical Commission with funding provided by the Community Preservation Committee to develop a preservation management plan for the long-term restoration and preservation of the Elm Street Cemetery. The Elm Street Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in the Commonwealth dating back to 1716. The plan has been completed and is available to the public. however due the size of the document it is available in two volumes:
Volume I - Report - To view click here
Volume II - Treatment Proposals - To view click here
- Maintenance Program - To view click here
Old Thayer Library - 2 JFK Memorial Drive
Mayor Joseph C. Sullivan with the assistance of the Historical Commission and with funding from the Community Preservation Committee has embarked on a program of restoration of Old Thayer Library. Initially the Town hired the firm Bargman Hendrie + Associates to develop a restoration assessment for the opening and re-use of former Library. The restoration assessment provided the basis for future phases of restoration. The Town received in June of 2011 a Mass Preservation Project Fund (MPPF) grant of $45,000.00 from Massachusetts Historical Commission towards the preservation and restoration of the exterior of the building to secure the building from the weather. Phase I exterior construction work roof, façade and chimneys started in the fall of 2011 and continue to the summer of 2012. Phase II exterior project includes restoration of the windows, frames and sashes as well as the front door currently underway for the summer of 2014. The Phase III exterior is proposed to have an addition for universal accessibility and rest rooms to the building. Mayor Sullivan continues to pursue funding opportunities for the interior restoration of the building to be used as community meeting space.
For further information on any of the items noted above - please contact the Planning and Community Development Office, Christine Stickney, Director at 781-794-8230 or via
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org