Swan Point Cemetery

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Swan Point Cemetery is a cemetery located in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Established in 1846 on a 60-acre (0.24 km²) plot of land, it has approximately 40,000 interments.[1][2]

Swan Point Cemetery
Swan Point Cemetery entrance.jpg
Entrance sign for Swan Point Cemetery
Location Providence, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°51′11″N 71°23′00″W / 41.853°N 71.3832°W / 41.853; -71.3832Coordinates: 41°51′11″N 71°23′00″W / 41.853°N 71.3832°W / 41.853; -71.3832
Built 1846
Architect Multiple
NRHP Reference #

77000007

[3]
Added to NRHP October 5, 1977
Grave of Rhode Island Governor Elisha Dyer, Jr.

History[edit]

First organized under the Swan Point Cemetery Company, with a board of trustees. In 1858, a new charter was developed to make the cemetery administration non-profit, and it was taken over by a group known as the Proprietors of Swan Point Cemetery. In 1886, landscape architect H.W.S. Cleveland was hired to redesign the area. It is a cemetery park with its design inspired by the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Among the first to make use of a tract of land within the cemetery was the First Congregational Society (now First Unitarian Society). They moved several interments from older plots in Providence to Swan Point. Over the years additional land acquisition has expanded the cemetery to 200 acres (0.81 km2), and is still open to new interments today.

The Swan Point Cemetery is widely considered to be the most prestigious cemetery in Rhode Island due to the number of prominent citizens of the state buried there. There are more governors, senators and congressmen buried there than any other cemetery in Rhode Island.

Swan Point Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. It is one of the two largest cemeteries in Providence with the other one being the North Burial Ground.

Gravestone of H. P. Lovecraft

Notable interments[edit]

Swan Point has the burials of many notable Rhode Island figures:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swan Point Cemetery". Findagrave. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  2. ^ "Celebrating life since 1846". Retrieved 2013-11-23. Swan Point Cemetery was established in 1846 on a 60-acre tract of land bordering The Neck Road (now The Old Road) and extending easterly to the shore of the Seekonk River. ... 
  3. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "A History of Swan Point Cemetery". Swan Point Cemetery. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ "ALDRICH, Nelson Wilmarth, (1841 - 1915)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  6. ^ "ALDRICH, Richard Steere, (1884 - 1941)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  7. ^ "ANTHONY, Henry Bowen, (1815 - 1884)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ "ARNOLD, Lemuel Hastings, (1792 - 1852)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  9. ^ "A History of Swan Point Cemetery". Swan Point Cemetery. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  10. ^ "CAPRON, Adin Ballou, (1841 - 1911)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "Burial Information". Swan Point Cemetery. Swan Point Cemetery. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "DAVIS, Thomas, (1806 - 1895)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Notable Persons Interred at Swan Point Cemetery". Swan Point Cemetery. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Notable Persons Interred at Swan Point Cemetery". Swan Point Cemetery. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c Spencer, Thomas E. (1998). Where They're Buried: A Directory Containing More Than Twenty Thousand Names of Notable Persons Buried in American Cemeteries, with Listings of Many Prominent People who Were Cremated. Genealogical Publishing Com. p. 432. 
  16. ^ a b c Spencer, Thomas E. (1998). Where They're Buried: A Directory Containing More Than Twenty Thousand Names of Notable Persons Buried in American Cemeteries, with Listings of Many Prominent People who Were Cremated. Genealogical Publishing Com. p. 296. 
  17. ^ "FOSTER, Theodore, (1752 - 1828)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  18. ^ Spencer, Thomas E. (1998). Where They're Buried: A Directory Containing More Than Twenty Thousand Names of Notable Persons Buried in American Cemeteries, with Listings of Many Prominent People who Were Cremated. Genealogical Publishing Com. p. 239. 
  19. ^ "Darius Goff". Find a Grave. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "William Salisbury Hayward". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  21. ^ "JAMES, Charles Tillinghast, (1805 - 1862)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Governor Herbert W. Ladd (1843 - 1913), Papers of, 1872-1912". State of Rhode Island. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  23. ^ "A History of Swan Point Cemetery". Swan Point Cemetery. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  24. ^ "LAPHAM, Oscar, (1837 - 1926)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  25. ^ "LIPPITT, Henry Frederick, (1856 - 1933)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  26. ^ "METCALF, Jesse Houghton, (1860 - 1942)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Page, Charles Harrison, (1843 - 1912)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  28. ^ Biographical Cyclopedia of Representative Men of Rhode Island. Providence: National Biographical Publishing Co. 1881. p. 360. 
  29. ^ "ROYAL CHAPIN TAFT". Ancestry.com. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 

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