In November of 2015, we traveled to Fall River, Massachusetts and to Oak Grave Cemetery. Our goal for this trip, visit the grave site of Lizzie Borden.
In the photo that we chose for this post and our video about this trip, you see our shadows over the graves of Andrew and Abbey Borden respectively. That's right, the Borden's are all buried together at the same plot in the cemetery.
In the video below, we document the graves and at the 3:00 mark, you can see actual video footage of us at the family plot. It was extremely windy the day were visited, but we did include some of the footage.
The Borden Family graves are located within Oak Grove Cemetery at 765 Prospect St, Fall River, MA 02720.
Not surprisingly the Borden plot is the most visited site in Oak Grove Cemetery. On the day of the funeral of Abby and Andrew Borden, only grass and many trees surrounded the open graves lined with pine branches. Of course the Bordens were not buried on the date of their joint funeral, August 6, 1892, but instead lingered in a holding tomb at the cemetery awaiting a full autopsy on August 11th and burial at last on August 17th. It would not be until January 1895 that the stately Westerly blue granite monument would be set in place, along with the rectangular headstones bearing the initials of the victims. You can find out more details about the family plot on the Friends of the Oak Grove Cemetery website. The following is a copy of the actual order for the stones at the family plot (click to enlarge).
Finding the family plot is quite simple since there are arrows on the roads inside the cemetery guiding you to the location. Great idea for the cemetery since this would stop people like us from walking all over the cemetery looking for the graves. Once you find the family plot, you can park your car right next to it.
As you can tell from the order form above, Lizzie and Emma ordered the stones and monument for the plot. The entire family is actually buried here, including their mother Sarah and sister Alice who died at a young age. We believe that Andrew purchased this family plot back during the days when we was partnered with William Almy.
On the day we visited it was extremely windy and cold. We had planned to return again sometime in the warmer months so that we can spend more time here and maybe conduct an EVP session. You can find out more information about the cemetery on our Oak Grove Cemetery blog post and videos.
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