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The visual character of the Milton Cemetery is of paramount importance in realizing its mission as a place of comfort to the bereaved and visitors alike. This landscape has evolved for over 337 years. The design principles put forth in the nineteenth century planning and layout of much of the site have an important place in the history of the rural cemetery movement in landscape architecture. These principles ensure that it is a special place for lot owners and visitors alike. Preservation and enhancement of this landscape, its historic monuments and site amenities must take precedence in decisions regarding cemetery development