Memorial Path and Cemetery
Wellesley Congregational Church or “Village Church” (WVC), our cemetery and the town of Wellesley share a common origin. Initial settlers in this area gathered at the First Meeting House located on this same property to conduct local business and worship. They would naturally be buried in the adjacent cemetery. This area was originally part of Needham, known as West Needham. Weary of the distance and seeking to have their own independence, West Needham residents decided to break away from the town of Needham in 1775. However, the organization of the church and the building of the first meeting house would come over 20 years later due to the Revolutionary War with England. Oﬃcially, this church was organized in 1798, the year the first building was completed. The building we worship in today was dedicated in 1923, the fourth structure to be built on this site. Both the church building and the cemetery were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.
Memorial Path reservations are available only to church members and their family members. If you are a church member and interested in learning more about making a reservation, please use the links below to learn more. If you are not yet a church member, and interested in becoming a member, please contact Rev. Stacy Swain at: email@example.com.