Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday (January 28, 2014) -- Grave Marker for Everett S. Carpenter, Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Rhode Island

My maternal grandfather, Everett Shearman Carpenter, was a World War I veteran. He died in Rhode Island in 1962 and was buried in the Knight/Carpenter family plot at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence.

Swan Point is located between Blackstone Boulevard in Providence and the Seekonk River. It is a 200-acre, non-sectarian cemetery open to people of all religions and races. Swan Point was one of the first so-called garden cemeteries in the country.  A "garden cemetery" is a burial ground in the style of a garden or arboretum and designed to use landscaping to achieve a park-like setting.  The cemetery was established in 1846 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  

Many notable people are buried at Swan Point.  There are four Medal of Honor recipients interred there, twenty-three Rhode Island Governors (including Union Army General Ambrose Everett Burnside and Thomas W. Dorr of the Dorr Rebellion of 1841-43), as well as such well-known people as U.S. Senator Nelson Aldrich (grandfather of NY Governor and U.S. Vice President Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller and his siblings) and Howard Phillips "H.P." Lovecraft (famous 20th Century author of horror, fantasy and science fiction).
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All photographs by the author (2005).
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Copyright 2014, John D. Tew
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