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Oak Grove Cemetery

Oak Grove Cemetery paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 08/03/2017
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Oak Grove Cemetery was established in 1855 and designed by Josiah Brown. This cemetery houses the burial sites for the Borden family.

765 Prospect St
Fall River , MA 02720
Phone: (508) 324-2750
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 41.707703
Lon: -71.14087789999996

Database Summary:

Demographic Rank: 6
History: 1
Stories: 1
Claims: 4
Evidence: 0
Resources: 2
Retrievals: 8843
Vistor Rating: 0.0
Votes: 0

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Oak Grove Cemetery was established in 1855 and designed by Josiah Brown, who is also known for his designs of early city mills including the Union, Borden City, and the now demolished Montaup Mill.

Originally 47 acres and now over 100 acres, Oak Grove was inspired by Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The original 47 acres of land was purchased by the city from Dr. Nathan Durfee at the high price of $200 an acre. The elevated site was chosen over less expensive parcels because of its central location and natural appropriateness for cemetery use and perhaps because of the importance of the owner. In return for the purchase of his land, Durfee agreed to buy a parcel between North Main St. and Highland Ave. which the city had originally acquired for a park. The new cemetery was located in the relatively undeveloped northeast section of the city.

Oak Grove, Fall River's largest city-owned cemetery, was developed in the mid-19th century as a rural garden cemetery, and its natural beauties and imposing monuments reflect the wealth and pride of the mill owners and the city's elite buried here.

The city's principle families are buried here, the Bordens, Durfees, Braytons, Davols, Chaces, and other founding fathers who shaped Fall River's industrial and civic growth. In 1866 Oak Grove became the final resting place for over 255 children in just one year.

Added by: sdonley on 01/18/2018 DB#:365


Stories are just that. Stories and personal accounts that have been reported about the location.

This cemetery dates back to 1855 and is known for being the burial place of Lizzie Borden and her family. People have reportedly heard screaming from the Borden plot and have experienced feelings of uneasiness while in its vicinity. Some have also claimed to see unexplained lights.

Added by: sdonley on 01/18/2018 DB#:1361

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2682 01/18/2018 sdonley People have reported strange lights around the cemetery.
2683 01/18/2018 sdonley People have reported screams coming from the Borden Graves.
2684 01/18/2018 sdonley People have reported hearing voices around the graves.
2685 01/18/2018 sdonley People have reported the eerie feeling of being watched.

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Friends of Oak Grove Cemetery
Added: 01/18/2018 By: sdonley
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Lizzie Borden gravesite - Review of Oak Grove Cemetery, Fall River, MA - TripAdvisor
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