Swan Point Cemetery

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
Swan Point Cemetery is located in Rhode Island
Swan Point Cemetery
LocationProvidence, Rhode Island
Coordinates41°51′11″N 71°23′00″W / 41°51′11″N 71°23′00″W / 77000007[3]
Added to NRHPOctober 5, 1977
Grave of Rhode Island Governor Elisha Dyer, Jr.


The cemetery was 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 landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted's 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 prominent cemetery in Rhode Island due to the number of well known 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
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