Fall River’s Friends Cemetery

29 Sep

Lizzie Borden’s burial site at Oak Grove Cemetery is the most visited gravesite on the entire grounds.

Lizzie’s headstone center, right

But Fall River has many other cemeteries.  Seldom visited is the Friends Cemetery at the foot of Hood Street.  Lizzie Borden descended from a line of Quakers.

The Quakers buried here are vitually unknown for not many of the headstones (of those that *did* have headstones), remain today.

Quakers, known for their modesty, believed having headstones was a sign of vanity.

Residential structures were built right over the graves so this cemetery was actually larger than it appears.

This is one of the very few markers that has legible writing on it.

This view shows part of the original stone wall.  Hardly a space getting respect and reverence, the Friends Cemetery is often used as a “relieving” area for those walking their dogs.

From the Fall River Library website, here is a listing of all the cemeteries in Fall River.

Cemeteries in Fall River

Agudath Achim Jewish Cemetery
Newhall Street
Contact: Adas Israel Synagogue

Beth El Cemetery
N. Main St.

Fall River, Mass. 02722
Contact: Temple Beth El
(508) 674-3529
Hebrew Cemetery
McMahon St.
Contact: Adas Israel Synagogue

North Burial Ground
1360 N. Main St.

Fall River, Mass. 02722
(508) 672-3041
Established 1810

Notre Dame Cemetery
1540 Stafford Rd.
Fall River, Mass. 02721
(508) 673-1561
Established 1883

Oak Grove Cemetery
765 Prospect St.
Fall River MA 02720
Established c. 1873
Historical Note: burial place of Lizzie Borden
(1860-1927), acquitted of murdering her father
and stepmother in 1892.

Our Lady of Light Cemetery
Fall River, Mass. 02722
(508) 672-1207
Contact: Notre Dame Cemetery

St. John’s Cemetery
258 Brightman St.

Fall River, Mass. 02722
(508) 679-2535
Burials: 1858-1891
St. Mary’s Cemetery
Amity St.

Fall River, Mass. 02722
(508) 679-2535
Burials: 1875-1891
St. Patrick’s Cemetery
2233 Robeson St.

Fall River, Mass. 02720
(508) 679-2535
Established 1876


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One response to “Fall River’s Friends Cemetery

  1. Malachi

    January 7, 2009 at 4:13 AM



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