- Oak Dell Historical Cemetery
Oak Dell Historical Cemetery (founded 1850) is located on Oak Dell Street, Peacedale, RI. [Kuffner, Alex, Aug. 29, 2001,"Save the Cemetery", "Providence Journal",p. 26] [Goodwin, Ozias C., 1881, "Ozias C. Goodwin Papers, RI Historical Society Manuscripts, Divion 1997] [Oatley, Henry Clay, trans., Daniel Stedman's Journal, 2003, p. 464, Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, RI]
Oak Dell Cemetery Company, a Corporation, not for profit, duly incorporated by the General Assembly of the State of
Rhode Islandand Providence Plantation, was established in 1850 by Rowland HazardII who donated a small parcel of land (2.75 acres)between High and Church Street to service the community of Peacedale and surrounding area with a pastoral final resting place for beloved ones.
Rural Cemetery Movement
Oak Dell Historical Cemetery is an example of the '
rural cemeterymovement', formalized by the Olmsteadbrothers' designs of the 19th centurywhich incorporated picturesquehilly features organized with individual family plots.
Formalized Family Plots
Worldly in his perspective, Rowland
Hazard[Hazard, Thomas Rowland, Recollections of Olden Times, 1879, p. 264 Sanborn Press, Newport, RI] in 1859 hired architect A. Noyes to design a formalized family plot layout, offering the community an opportunityto purchase a small dedicated area with perpetualcare.
Funerary Arts and Burial Rituals
The hand carved
headstonesin Oak Dell Cemetery vary from limestone, slate, fieldstone, graniteand marblewith defined funerary art edging and ornamentationare nestled in the sloping landscape.
Oak Dell Historical Cemetery's centuries old
burial ritualof constructing a fenceof carved granitestone (quarter moon shaped) facing outward, stand straight to protect against negative forces and cows, shows the markings of iron piping used to connect the stone piers, surround the cemetery's perimeter and demonstrate an early tradition throughout New Englandof protecting the graveyard.
stone wallpartially bordering the higher elevation is the same granite stone used in the nearby bridge, buildings and promenades throughout the national historical district of Peacedale, RI, built by many local tradesmen.
The ODHC Community
headstonesbelong to war veterans, Sons of the American Revolution(RISSAR), Daughters of the American Revolution(RISDAR) and locals who help build Peacedale and surrounding areas for the past two centuries. Some familiar names on headstones in Peacedale's history, [Hoxie, Louise M., The History of Peacedale, Rhode Island, 1968, Chapter 4, p. 32 Wakefield Printing Company for Pettaquamscutt Historical Society, RI] as Isaac Peace Hazardand Joseph Peace Hazard, are found amongst many others. [Laxton, Glenn, "From Peace Dale to a ConfederatePrison", Mar/Apr 1992, Old Rhode Island Magazine, RI]
Oak Dell Cemetery contains about two thousand burials with 1,470 inscribed stones and twelve fieldstones by John Sterling in 2004. The starting dates for this cemetery was probably 1859 when there were six burials marked by gravestones. The dates on
gravestonesin this cemetery range from 1835 to present. If one charts the 120 gravestones found there by James N. Arnold's transcript of 1880, who mistakenly called it Oak Grove Cemetery, the few stones dated before 1859 indicates they were probably moved from other burying places to Oakdell Cemetery. [Sterling, John E. and Wheaton, James L., South Kingstown, Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries, 2004, p.157-159, Rhode Island Genealogical Society, Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, RI, ISBN 0-9604144-7-9]
Industrial Revolution in Peacedale, RI
Oak Dell Historical Cemetery is a fine sample of the Peacedale community [Hazard, Thomas Rowland, The Johnny Cake Papers of Shephard Tom, 1879,p. 230, 334 Sanborn Press Newport, RI.] at large, crossing all socio-economic lines with the prominent and the tradesmen sharing the same grounds, and with Rhode Island's freedoms, all religions were welcome to participate in purchasing family plots.
Bicentennial Marker and UTN location
Bicentennial marked RI Historical Cemetery # 37. Oak Dell Cemetery is located twenty feet north of Oakdell Street at telephone pole # 1925, eastern and southern bordered by Oak Dell Street, with granite stone pier boundary fence, partial stone granite wall, and chain link fence around
perimeter. Acreage of Property is 2.75, UTM references, 19N 71-29-59.15 W, 19N 41-26-50.33 N, Peacedale, RI assessor plot 48-7 lot 107.
[http://oakdellcemetery.org Oak Dell Historical Cemetery]
[http://www.rihs.org/mssinv/Mss483sg52.htm RI Historical Society]
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