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Prospect Terrace, Providence

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Prospect Terrace Park is a park located on Congdon Street in the College Hill neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. The park was founded in 1869, on land that was given to the city by residents of the neighborhood. The park is known as "The Jewel of the City" for its dramatic elevated view of Providence's "downcity."
Author and Providence native H. P. Lovecraft frequently visited the park.
A statue of theologian Roger Williams (designed by architect Ralph Thomas Walker) was built in the late 1930s after Williams' descendant Stephen Randall made a deed of gift for the monument. It was dedicated on and dedicated on 29 June 1939. The approximate 15-foot tall granite statue commemorates Williams' founding of the state of Rhode Island and his promotion for religious freedom, and the statue depicts Williams gazing over the city.
In 1939, Roger Williams' remains were moved into a tomb that lies directly beneath the statue. His body had been overgrown by the roots of an apple tree next to his original grave. The roots grew over the form of his body, so that it looked similar to a human form. The remainder of his bones were reburied in a bronze casket and placed beneath his statue in Prospect Terrace. The so-called "Williams Root" is preserved and is now on display at the John Brown House Museum on the East Side of Providence.
In 2006, vandals removed all five fingers of the statue's left hand, along with the thumb of his right hand. The damage was repaired in 2010. See Prospect Terrace and all Providence has to offer by arranging your trip with our Providence trip maker site.
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  • Located in College Hill, this small park offers great views of the city. A 35 foot stone statue of Roger Williams is also here commemorating him as founder of the state of Rhode Island. If you... 
    Located in College Hill, this small park offers great views of the city. A 35 foot stone statue of Roger Williams is also here commemorating him as founder of the state of Rhode Island. If you...  more »
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the elevated view offered by this small park that overlooks the city. The view of the state house in particular was impressive. Well worth the time and effort involved in... 
    I thoroughly enjoyed the elevated view offered by this small park that overlooks the city. The view of the state house in particular was impressive. Well worth the time and effort involved in...  more »
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  • Clean comfy grounds. Great views. Bring your picnic basket & some restaurants deliver on site.
  • To be here at dusk and see the suns dying rays splice through the city skyline on a glowing orange sky backdrop is truly one of those unforgettable moments. An ideal place for romantics to bring their sweethearts for bonding togetherness time and even a stunning setting for a marriage proposal ! A nice balance of trees, grassy areas, little paths to stroll around, seats and of course that beautifully iconic view all contribute to making this a spectacular and popular visitor location.

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