Swan Point Cemetery
Swan Point Cemetery
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Bath64 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
On the one hand this is a beautiful cemetery, many fine examples of stone-carving and lots to see. On the other, the owners are clearly extremely fed up of dealing with Lovecraft fans, photographers and the intersection between these two groups. It seems they spend significant amounts of time cleaning up after Lovecraft fans, who tend to leave items at his grave. There is a strong sense (gently expressed, but very clearly present) that everybody would prefer it if tourists (as opposed to local residents taking walks or bereaved individuals visiting family members) would simply go somewhere else. That's an entirely reasonable position. However, it logically follows that this location shouldn't be listed as an attraction on TripAdvisor.

In conclusion, this is not a tourist attraction. If you are a tourist, go somewhere else.
Written July 23, 2014
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Jack S
Fisherville, KY1,209 contributions
Jun 2013 • Solo
Then head on down to Swan Point, a lovely cemetery that contains H.P. Lovecraft's grave.
Upon entering, you'll see a sign with posted rules that do not include 'no photography'. After you get your official printed map to find your way to Lovecraft's grave you will notice it says nothing about photography. While driving through the entire cemetery you will notice there are no signs that say photography is permitted.

Yes, buried in the middle of a paragraph on their website it does have a roundabout way of saying no photography, but not all of us check a cemetery's website on a daily basis.

So you will go up to the grave, excited, and then take a photo on your camera for a souvenir of a legendary writer. This is when an SUV will barrel down the hill (good thing no people were walking there) and a fat guy with a bear will start swearing at you, slurring his words.

"Hey, no $*#(* photography, moron!" He'll scream at you as if it's the most obvious thing in the world.

You will marvel at how such a bright and even-tempered individual with no substance abuse problems has risen all the way to become a security guard at a graveyard. Mark Zuckerburg, watch your back.

Anyway, pretty cemetery, it's great seeing the grave, but instead of dealing with this highly rational and respectable individual maybe just skip Providence altogether. Maybe your tourist money is better spent in a different city.
Written December 7, 2013
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Angelize1999
Finger Lakes, NY454 contributions
May 2021 • Family
Hp lovecraft grave. A must see if you're a fan. The cemetery was beautiful and we'll groomed. A bit confusing to find out way out though.
Written May 28, 2021
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IronCast
Chesterfield, UK20 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
To a British tourist, the graves all seem rather recent and not terribly exciting. They are mostly laid out in a fairly regular fashion and surrounded with nearly trimmed grass. However, there are a few quirky designs or interesting groupings. Lovecraft's grave is here too. There are some nice views of the river and lots of amazing trees (many of which are labelled, making this feel a little like an arboretum) as well as wildlife that was exciting for a non-local to see. I saw American robins, chipmunks, raccoons and a flock of turkeys all while walking around a cemetery! There are lots of roads through the cemetery, but the place is huge (the security man who drove past me a few times told me 200 acres) and I hardly saw anyone else during my visit (above ground anyway!) Still, with the regular security patrols, it felt very safe even as a line female visitor.
Written June 8, 2019
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Traveling_Latina_10
Shenandoah, VA26 contributions
Yes, HP Lovecraft lies here, and he is not dead, but lives on in the hearts of his fans, and the mystery of his mythos...
For those of us who make the pilgrimage to his resting place, we are somewhat disappointed to see the simplicity of his gravesite, and how difficult it is to find it following the cemetery map. You will think that for someone who gave to the city of Providence an eternal place in literature, it would be given a more prominent or better marked site...
Still, just being there, and bringing to ones mind all of Lovecraft's legacy, and looking at the houses, the sky, the streets, and trying to see all the way he saw it, makes everything worthwhile!
Bring flowers, tokens of admiration, or something of significance to you to leave at his site. Take pictures, screw those who say not to!!!
Written June 27, 2014
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RescuePaws22
East Greenwich, RI258 contributions
Apr 2019
A tree museum and a cemetery - it is a beautiful place to walk. If you can be there when the trees bloom in the Spring you are in for an added treat.
Written December 1, 2019
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Eugene M
Jamestown, RI65 contributions
Feb 2018
Swan Point Cemetary is a classic Providence Institution. It is stunningly beautiful, well maintained and welcoming to the grieving and to those looking for a peaceful place to walk
Written July 9, 2018
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George D
North Smithfield, RI5 contributions
May 2015
Peace and serenity will surround you as you walk though the beautiful Rhode Island treasure. Birds of all kinds fill the trees and the grounds are well maintained. The cemetery is the resting place of Civil War Veterans, sports figures, congressmen, governors, authors and artists. Search the headstones, you are sure to recognize names from RI's past. Bring a book and sit in the quiet and read. This is a beautiful place to spend a quiet afternoon,
Written January 13, 2016
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Doug L
Huntington Beach, CA45 contributions
Nov 2015 • Family
My Dad passed away in November, and our family plot is at Swan Point. The staff is excellent and the grounds are very well maintained. This is a very peaceful place to visit and remember those we have lost.
Written December 30, 2015
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hattrupmd
Wichita, KS235 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
Only stopped by because I had read about it. Glad we did. Granted navigating through the cemetery without a map is difficult to say the least, but many interesting graves and family plots. there is even a little road down to the river where one can park. Amazingly, there were swans swimming by when we visited. Being from the plains, seeing graves from the late 1700's and early 1800's is not something we are used to see. Found the history of the place fascinating
Written October 25, 2015
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