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Oak Grove Cemetery, Fall River

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Oak Grove Cemetery is a historic cemetery located at 765 Prospect Street in Fall River, Massachusetts. It was established in 1855 and greatly improved upon in the years that followed. It features Gothic Revival elements, including an elaborate entrance arch constructed of locally quarried Fall River granite. The cemetery originally contained 47 acres, but has since been expanded to over 120 acres. The cemetery is the city's most significant, built in the planned rural-garden style of Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was designed and laid out by local architect Josiah Brown, who is also known for his designs of early mills including the Union, Border City, and others.
Oak Grove Cemetery is the final resting place of many of the city's elite, including prominent mill owners and merchants. It also contains the city's Civil War Monument, donated by Richard Borden.

The cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. It is still owned and operated by the City of Fall River.

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  • Oak Grove is a older famous Cemetery in Fall River. You can visit the Andrew and Abigail Family Plot that contains the infamous Lizzy Borden and her family and pay respects. It's also a nice place to....  more
    Oak Grove is a older famous Cemetery in Fall River. You can visit the Andrew and Abigail Family Plot that contains the infamous Lizzy Borden and her family and pay respects. It's also a nice place to....  more »
  • A must stop while touring Fall River, MA. This is the main and oldest cemetery in Fall River. Final resting place for the Borden family, made famous by the unsolved double murder in August 1892... 
    A must stop while touring Fall River, MA. This is the main and oldest cemetery in Fall River. Final resting place for the Borden family, made famous by the unsolved double murder in August 1892...  more »
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  • It's nice, but could be better and should be. Oak Grove should be a destination point for the city but it almost looks like a forgotten grave yard with the bad grass and dead trees and cracked roads. Even Lizzie's grave is often missed by tourists because it's just kind of there the with only a string of arrows pointing you towards it that were painted over 20 years ago. There's not even a sign saying what the arrows are for. If you don't know and aren't from the area you would probably think it's a one-way for cars. I recommend going, but I also recommend a face-lift for the cemetery. It also sucks that the actual Oak Grove entrance is always closed now. It's dated nature has charm though and has been the backdrop for every local metal band to take their first band photos in.
  • We went to the cemetery to find the Borden family plot. Since we are from out of town, it was nice to see that they market the road leading up to the grave site which made it very easy to find the graves and not disturb others. We had a limited amount of time before we headed back to Providence, Rhode Island to catch our flight home and this was a quick and easy stop. We have a longer/full review on our blog site and YouTube channel.

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