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Oak Grove Cemetery (Fall River, Massachusetts)

Oak Grove Cemetery
Oak Grove Cemetery (Fall River, Massachusetts)
Location Fall River, Massachusetts

41°42′19″N 71°8′14″W / 41.70528°N 71.13722°W / 41.70528; -71.13722Coordinates: 41°42′19″N 71°8′14″W / 41.70528°N 71.13722°W / 41.70528; -71.13722

Built 1855
Architect Josiah Brown
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Governing body Local
MPS Fall River MRA
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP February 16, 1983

Oak Grove Cemetery is a historic cemetery at 765 Prospect Street in Fall River, Massachusetts.

The cemetery was founded in 1855 and features Gothic Revival elements. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Notable Burials

  • Thomas Almy (1819-1882), co-founder of The Herald News.
  • Abby Durfee Borden (1828-1892), second wife of Andrew Jackson Borden and murder victim.
  • Andrew Jackson Borden (1822-1892), businessman and murder victim.
  • Nathaniel Briggs Borden (1801-1865), Mayor of Fall River (1856-1857), US Congressman, and founder of Pocasset Mill.
  • Colonel Richard Borden (1795-1874), industrial pioneer, businessman.
  • Lizzie Borden (1860-1927), alleged (acquitted) murderer.
  • Sarah Morse Borden (1823-1863), first wife of Andrew Jackson Borden and mother of Lizzie Borden.
  • Spencer Borden (1872-1952), manufacturer, delegate to 1924 Republication National Convention, served as director on boards of a number of local concerns.
  • Charlie Buffinton (1861-1907), Major League Baseball player.
  • James Buffington (1817-1875), the first mayor of Fall River.
  • Earle Perry Charlton (1863-1930), founder of E. P. Charlton & Co. 5 & 10 stores chain. Through mergers, he became a co-founder of the F. W. Woolworth Company.
  • Benjamin Cook, a District Court judge.
  • Sarah M. Cornell (1803-1832), found murdered on the John Durfee Farm in nearby Tiverton, Newport County, RI. She was originally buried there and moved to Oak Grove.
  • Robert T. Davis (1823-1906), mayor of Fall River and United States Representative from Massachusetts.
  • Bradford Matthew Chaloner Durfee (1843–1872), born into a wealthy and influential Fall River family, he was a philanthropist who died in his prime. As a memorial, his mother had the local school board erect the B. M. C Durfee High School.
  • Dr. Nathan Durfee (1799-1876), early industrialist and deacon of Central Congregational Church.
  • William Thomas Grant (1876-1972), founder of W. T. Grant Department Store chain and philanthropist.
  • William S. Greene (1841-1924), United States Representative from Massachusetts, also mayor of Fall River.
  • Cornelius Hargraves (1809-1874), an immigrant from England who in 1851 founded Hargraves Manufacturing Company, a soap and glue substitute manufacturing operation.
  • Reuben Hargraves (1834-1905) and Thomas Hargraves (1836-1904), sons of Cornelius Hargraves are buried in the Hargraves Mausoluem.
  • James Holehouse (1839-1915), received the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery at the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863. He was a private in Company B, 7th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • Grace Hartley Howe (1874-1955), wife of Louie Howe and delegate to the 1936 Democratic National Convention.
  • Louis McHenry ("Louie") Howe (1871-1936), political strategist who masterminded Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1932 presidential election. He was the only close friend both FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt shared in common.
  • Andrew Jackson Jennings (1849-1923), noted local attorney, now best remembered for successfully defending Lizzie Borden.
  • Lewis Howard Latimer (1848–1928), African-American inventor and engineer who collaborated with Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison.
  • John O. Milne, co-founder of The Herald News.
  • James Madison Morton (1837-1923), an Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.
  • James Madison Morton, Jr. (1869-1940), a Federal judge.
  • Maude Frances Darling Parlin (1885-1979), pioneer female architect and 1907 M. I. T. graduate who designed many Fall River buildings and homes.
  • Richard Sears (1853-1925), owner of the Sears Mill.
  • Cornelia Otis Skinner (1899–1979), actress, biographer, dramatist, essayists, novels, and screen writer.

Notable Mounuments

  • Friends of Oak Grove Cemetery page on the Stafford memorial.

See also


External links

  • Friends of Oak Grove Cemetery~An Historic Victorian Cemetery in Fall River, Massachusetts
  • Oak Grove Cemetery History

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