Precious Blood Cemetery
South Hadley, Massachusetts
Located on Route 33
View of Cemetery from Road
Precious Blood Cemetery is about four acres and was the parish cemetery of
Precious Blood Church, of Holyoke (Hampden County). For this reason it has been included on the Hampden County web site.
Precious Blood Chuch was primarily comprised
of French Canadian Immigrants and as such you will see many French names on the tombstone
inscriptions, many of which are written in French. Despite the fact that Precious Blood Cemetery is located in Hampshire County it is included here because of close connections to the city of Holyoke.
In 1875, Precious Blood Church was burned to the ground by a quick raging fire during a
Corpus Christi celebration Mass, you can read more about that terrible incident elsewhere
on the site. Many of the articles at the aforementioned link list a multitude of people who
are said to be buried in Precious Blood Cemetery, though for the most part there are no tombstones for
these individuals though a memorial for the victims was recently erected (photos online soon).
In creating a photo-inventory of this cemetery, I divided it into five sections based on where the road is, indicated on the map below.
The tree line (dark green dots on the map) separates this cemetery from St. Rose, though there is no fence or other formal barrier between the two cemeteries.
If you find a tombstone you wish to visit in person some day,
this will help you locate it, as the section will be on the corresponding web page. Tombstones are located only in the green areas.
I inventoried each of the existing stones through digital photographs, available
for viewing on these pages. Once all discernable data was organized it was
transcribed into text. Many of the older stones are in worn and in poor condition. There are a number of unidentified older stones.
The Inventory Data
The inventory may be seen here. This is complete an inventory as possible considering the
poor condition of many stones and lack of having an earlier inventory at hand for comparison.
Additions & Correction
Please let me know if there are additions or corrections. Maybe you are able to decipher some of the stones I am unable to read.
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The entrace to Precious Blood Cemetery can be easily accessed from Route 33 in South Hadley.
For those who travel on Route 91, Exit 16 (to Route 202) is your best bet, from which a left turn onto Route 202 will
eventually intersect with Route 33 and take you to the cemetery. Mass Turnpike travel can exit at Chicopee, though I do not have specific details and you are advised to check ahead of time for directions. There is plenty of safe parking available.
Where to write for more information:
This cemetery is under the auspices of the Diocese of Springfield — if there are problems with any e-mail address, check the website for current contact list. Contact information for the Diocese:
Joseph M. Kostek
Diocesan Director of Cemeteries
Lynn R. Camey
Cemetery Administrative Support Services
Office of the Director of Cemeteries
The Bishop Maguire Pastoral Center
65 Elliot Street
Springfield, MA 01101-1730
Web Site, Diocese of Springfield
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13 Sep 2005