Cemetery Division

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The Town of Manchester's four cemeteries encompass 125 acres with approximately 50 acres undeveloped.

Lot Sales

Lot sales are conducted by appointment only. Lot sales commence at the East Cemetery Office located at the main entrance to East Cemetery, from there we will show you the various areas available. We will also meet you at any of the cemetery locations.

Lot sales are conducted Monday - Friday at 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. We will do our best to accommodate other times.

For more information see Lots Sales Agreement Rules and Regulations(PDF, 73KB)

Monuments and Markers


The construction and maintenance of markers or monuments is the private responsibility of families of the deceased. Lots must be paid in full before a marker or monument can be placed. The type, size and location of monuments and markers are governed by Cemetery regulations.

Infant, Cremation and Single lots ~ flush marker may be installed.

Veteran Section single lot ~ upright tablet monument may be installed.

Double and Triple lots ~ upright monument may be installed.

For more information contact your monument company or the Cemetery Office.

Sections 6 and 7 of the Lots Sale Agreement Rules and Regulations(PDF, 73KB) pertain to monuments and markers including:

LotSize Maximum Base Length Maximum
Base Width
Die Height
One (1) grave

Not permitted on single graves

Two (2) graves 5’-0” 1’-2” 3’-6”
Three (3) graves 6’-0” 1’-2” 4’-0”
Four (4) graves in a line 7’-0” 1’-2” 4’-6”
Four (4) graves front to rear 5’-0” 1’-2” 3’-6”
Baby Lot and Cremation Lot

Not permitted on infant or cremation lots

All graves are allowed no more than two (2) flush markers 1’-0” wide by 2’-0” long except baby and cremation lots which are allowed one flush marker 0’-8” wide by 1’-0” long.

General Information

Cemetery Office:
321 Olcott Street
Manchester, CT 06040
fax: 860-647-3237

Maintenance Office:
East Cemetery
220 East Center Street
Manchester, CT 06040

John Gorman, Sexton
Laura Waller

By Appointment Only

The Town of Manchester's four cemeteries encompass 125 acres with approximately 50 acres undeveloped. The maintenance and development of Manchester's cemeteries is an ongoing process. Though many areas are at capacity, we continue to expand to meet the needs for the residents of the Town of Manchester. Currently, we are developing areas within East, Buckland and Hillstown cemeteries. Hillstown Cemetery is dedicated to veterans, as are sections within East Cemetery.

We provide vital services for interments and disinterments, including preparing the grave site for service, assisting funeral directors and vault companies, and perpetual care of the lot. Our records, which are updated daily, provide valuable information to families and friends of the deceased, funeral homes, monument companies and genealogists.

We are proud of the Town of Manchester Cemeteries' park-like appearance. Our dedicated full-time staff ensures the grass is cut; flowers are planted; trees and bushes are pruned; leaves are cleared; and snow is removed in a timely manner.

Cemetery Locations (Directions)

East Cemetery
220 East Center St.

Buckland Cemetery
1210 Tolland Tpke.

Hillstown Cemetery
180 Hillstown Rd.

West Cemetery
271 Spencer St.

Cheney Cemetery is located near the northeast corner of East Cemetery and is owned by the Cheney Cemetery Association.

Beth Shalom Memorial Park is located in the southeast corner of East Cemetery.

Rules and Procedures

Rules and Procedures

The following Rules and Procedures for the Cemetery Division of the Town of Manchester, Connecticut have been adopted by the Board of Directors on October 8, 1996 and June 5, 2018, effective July 1, 2018. These Rules and Regulations apply to all cemetery facilities owned and operated by the Town of Manchester, Connecticut.

1. Arrangements for an interment must be made with the Cemetery Division twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the scheduled interment. The Funeral Director must supply all of the necessary information including the lot number, section and division; the name of the lot owner; the location of the grave within the lot; and, if the person to be interred is other than the lot owner, the name of the person giving permission for the interment to take place and that person's relationship to the lot owner.

2a. Sunday and holiday interments are not permitted except for emergencies or religious and then only with the approval of the General Manager or his designee.

2b. Saturday interments should be made through the Cemetery Office no later than 10:00 a.m. on the Friday preceding the interment. If Friday is a holiday, notice must be given by 1:00 p.m. the preceding work day.

3. Arrangements for Monday interments can be made by leaving the necessary information with the Manchester Police Department over the weekend. Monday interments should not be scheduled to arrive at the cemetery prior to 11:00 a.m.

4. Monday through Friday interments must arrive at the cemetery no later than 2:00 p.m.

5. Saturday, Sunday or holiday interments must arrive at the cemetery no later than 12:00 p.m.

6. Interments may be postponed at the discretion of the General Manager due to snow, ice, or other weather related emergencies.

7. The Town of Manchester assumes no responsibility for locations of interments given over the telephone, unless a representative of the deceased confirms the designated site in writing or by fax to the Cemetery Office prior to the opening of the grave. If the remains must be moved to a new location through no fault of the Town, the normal disinterment and reinterment charges will apply.

8. All earth burials must be enclosed in a suitable concrete container at the time of burial.

9. All interment charges will be payable to the Town prior to or at the time of burial and prior to any reimbursement of payments for lots.

10. Vault companies are responsible for the removal and replacement of all vaults. Arrangements for these services must be made through the Funeral Director and not the Town.

11. Arrangements for chapel tents and payment for same must be made through the Funeral Director who will contract with a vault company for the service. The Town does not offer this service.

12. The Town requires a permit or court order prior to removal of remains from any burial site. The scheduling of disinterments will be made at the convenience of the Cemetery Division.

Printable copy of the Rules and Procedures(PDF, 57KB)
Revised: July 1, 2018