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Decades of Personal Service and Experience

Nashua Monument Works has been in business locally for decades. We have a firm commitment to the community and our neighbors that live here.

We invite you to visit our indoor and outdoor showroom, with impressive, personalized memorials of all kinds. Whether you have an immediate need, or if you are planning in advance, our professionally trained staff takes the mystery out of memorializing a loved one. We will assist you in the process to ensure that taste and decorum are always at the forefront of the decision making process.

With over five decades of experience, Nashua Monument Works will also help you answer your questions beyond the design of the memorial you choose, such as:

  • Does the cemetery allow monuments?
  • Does the cemetery require the purchase of a specific number of grave spaces in order to place a monument?
  • Does the cemetery have restrictions as to the size of monument it allows?
  • Does the cemetery have rules or regulations regarding installation of the monument?
  • Does the cemetery tell you that installation costs are part of the lot price, or that you must buy your memorial from them?

Selecting a Memorial

Why We Choose To Memorialize

The desire to memorialize our loved ones is as old as mankind. Monuments are among the most ancient records of man’s presence on earth – still visible, still proclaiming honor and respect.

We all want to remember and be remembered. When you place a memorial for someone, you are making a statement for everyone to see, today, tomorrow, and forever. You are saying this person was special, this person was worth remembering, and someone loved this person enough to mark his or her life for all time.

Designing A Lasting Tribute

Now that you’ve decided to create a memorial for your loved one, the process is very simple. The professionals at Nashua Monument Works will guide you through the procedure, every step of the way.

As with any important purchase – and particularly one that will last for perpetuity – where you purchase your memorial matters significantly. You’ll want to talk with people you trust, someone who has been in the business in your area for a long time. You’ll want to find someone with the technical skill to create exactly the kind of memorial you want, who can offer you a wide variety of styles, colors, and finishes. Nashua Monument Works will work with you to translate your feelings into a personalized design of meaning and beauty.

Prices of memorials vary from modest to substantial, something for everyone’s budget and preference. Factored into the cost of the memorial will be your selection of material, the size and intricacies of ornamentation and design, and the installation service performed at the place of rest.

Only you know what is appropriate for you and your family to spend on this timeless investment, Nashua Monument Works will be happy to discuss the cost with you and explain our flexible options for payment.



Granite is the most common material for memorials for two reasons: it can be shaped and carved beautifully, and it lasts virtually forever. Granite is available in a variety of colors: grays, blacks, reds, pinks, browns, blues, and greens.


Bronze is known as “the eternal metal.” It is used for flat markets, statuary, and as ornamentation in combination with granite.


Another very popular material for memorials is marble. Marble is well known for its beauty and is used in many parts of the United States and abroad.

Types of Memorials

Horizontal Tablet

Horizontal tablets are wider than they are high, and are typically set on a base. Additional features include side panels called “wings.” Vases or urns on one or both sides are often used in the design.

Vertical Tablet

The vertical tablet is tall and may be set on a base or directly set on a foundation. When set directly on a foundation, it’s called a monolith. Both vertical and horizontal tablets present ample space for inscriptions, carvings and other ornamentation.

Bevel Markers

Bevel Markers are above ground level but are typically low in height. They come in individual or companion sizes, and can be personalized with symbols and inscriptions.

Slant Markers

Slant markers are angled markers and are midway height between the lower bevel markers and the larger upright monuments (the horizontal and vertical tablets). They offer sufficient space for highly creative personalized design.

Flat Markers

Flat markers lie level with the ground. While their small size naturally restricts the decoration, a skilled memorialist can personalize even a flat marker.


Ledgers are memorials that cover the entire grave. Even though they are low to the ground, their size allows for extensive decoration and long inscriptions.

Garden Memorials

Garden memorials range from beautiful benches to decorative birdbaths or sundials. They are specially designed decorative pieces similar to those often found in large gardens. They may be used alone or with another upright style monument.


Crosses are widely used as freestanding pieces. Crosses have their own styles, the most popular being the familiar Latin cross and the highly decorated Celtic cross. Other symbols are also available, as well, including the Star of David and many more.

Ask your Nashua Monument Works representative about the features of each type of memorial. They will be happy to take all the time you need to reach a decision that will be fitting for you and your loved ones.


Modern technology now allows the memorialist to create incredibly personalized, unique memorials through the use of shape, texture, image and inscriptions. Techniques such as sandblasting, shape carving, laser and hand etching now allow intricate scenes to be placed directed on the stone.


Today’s stonecraft technology now enables a monument to be designed in literally any shape you can envision. Whether it is freeform, entwined hearts, or a special object, your choices in shape are virtually limitless.


One of the more popular means of personalizing a memorial is through the use of photographic and other imagery. Today’s memorialist has numerous methods and tools at hand to incorporate the image you desire within the design of a memorial. Images can be produced directly in the stone by chiseling, sandblasting, laser and hand etching, or reproduced in ceramic and other materials. A variety of images such as landscapes, scenes, floral and religious ornamentation and even portraits can be produced.


Today’s modern technology has also made inscriptions or epitaphs easier to add to a monument. Even signatures can be exactly produced. Inscriptions can be famous poems, song lyrics, or something written by the person being memorialized or for them by a loved one. Nashua Monument Works provides a nearly limitless variety of designs and type styles that can be incorporated into this lasting tribute.


A wide variety of products are available to be added to a monument, as well. Such items as vases, lighting and photographs can be used in conjunction with a monument.

Remember: Monument designs can be classic or contemporary. Nashua Monument Works will guide you, as much or as little as you need, to make a choice that is perfect for the eternal remembrance of your loved one.