Famous New England gravesites
Isabella Stewart Gardner(b. April 14, 1840, d. July 17, 1924)
Claim to fame: Art collector and philanthropist
Buried: Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Mass.
Isabella Stewart Gardner was a woman who wrote her own rules. Stories about the well-heeled Mrs. Jack are legendary. A passionate Red Sox fan, she celebrated their 1912 championship win by sporting a headband emblazoned with Oh you Red Sox! in bold red letters to a formal concert at Symphony Hall. She rode an oxcart through the jungles to see the ruins of Angkor Wat. A passionate traveler, her experiences inspired a world-renowned collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture, textiles, drawings, silver, ceramics, rare books, and photographs. She conceived of the eponymous museum to house her treasures, arranged them just so in a Venetian-style palace, and left instructions not to move a darn thing.