Established in 1846 and listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, Swan Point Cemetery is one of the most notable garden cemeteries in the United States. The 200-acre grounds feature serene walking paths and monuments throughout as well as historic buildings for visitors to explore. The cemetery is also the resting site of some of Rhode Island's most prominent citizens including Civil War veterans, Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, and past state Governors. A few of the notable persons buried at Swan Point are Howard Phillips Lovecraft, better known as H.P. Lovecraft, who is regarded as one of the most prominent horror writers of the 20th century; Elizabeth Buffum Chace, daughter of abolitionist Arnold Buffum, a suffragist whose home was one of Rhode Island's documented stops on the underground railroad; Ambrose Burnside, a Union General in the Civil War who also served as a U.S. Senator and Rhode Island Governor; and Helen Adelia Rowe Metcalf, founder of the Rhode Island School of Design.
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