Photos from North Burial Ground; Providence, Rhode Island; Old Section 1700-1848, John Sterling, 2000.

    18th century gravestones were generally simple. It was common to have both a headstone and a footstone at a grave; however, most footstones from that period no longer exist today. Some gravestones were inscribed with religious or spiritual artwork, or a family crest.

    The first grave at the North Burial Ground is that of Samuel Whipple, who died in 1711. The cemetery was established in June 1700 by the Providence Town Meeting. It was originally given ten acres of land. Many graves were relocated to the cemetery in 1785 to make room for construction on the East Side of Providence, and in 1796, the North Burial Ground bought eight acres of land from Moses Brown to make room for even more graves.