What are some interesting facts about the Oak Grove Cemetery?


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The Victorian-era Oak Grove Cemetery in Fall River, Massachusetts, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, earning the distinction in 1983, partly due to its Gothic Revival architectural elements. The cemetery also contains a Civil War monument donated by the civic leader Richard Borden. Another member of the infamous Borden family, Lizzie Borden, is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. She was tried, but acquitted, of murdering her father and stepmother in Fall River in 1892.

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The Oak Grove cemetery, established in 1855, originally spanned 47 acres and expanded over the years to include the present-day 100 acres. In 1866, more than 255 children were buried in the cemetery. As of 2016, the cemetery is the final resting place of more than 50,000 people.

The well-known architect Josiah Brown designed Oak Grove cemetery, and he gained his reputation by designing structures such as the Hoosac railroad tunnel in the Berkshires. Oak Grove is now considered to be an integral part of the 19th-century rural cemetery movement, which became a precursor to the modern park system. Modeled after the Mt. Auburn Cemetery Park in Cambridge, the Oak Grove cemetery was an early participant in the concept of enhancing existing terrain with planned landscaping elements.

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