Stranger’s Tomb Erected
When it opened in 1829, the Tremont House was unique in the nation. It was a hotel of many firsts, including the first to offer indoor plumbing. Wanting to be innovative in yet another way, they decided to erect a tomb at Mount Auburn for out-of-town guests who died while staying there. At that time, transporting remains was difficult and not commonly done. The hotel purchased a private lot (Lot 324) in 1833 on Hawthorne Path and erected a pentagonal tomb of Quincy granite. The six-foot-tall structure had 36 horizontal cells to be sealed with marble tablets bearing the names and dates of the deceased. With only a few interments, the tomb was eventually taken down and the remains were interred in the lot below.