To memorialize the deceased, comfort the living, and serve as a historical destination for the community.
The North Burial Ground (NBG) opened its gates in 1700 and is the largest municipal cemetery in the region at around 110 acres and with more than 40,000 gravestones. The cemetery is owned and operated by the Providence Parks Department and contains an eclectic collection of funerary sculptures ranging from simple slate markers to elaborate mausoleum structures.
As the City’s municipal burying ground, NBG is a place where all of Providence’s people are welcome. Buried among governors, mayors, Revolutionary and Civil War leaders, and Providence’s most prominent citizens are people from all walks of life. North Burial Ground celebrates the diversity of Rhode Island’s history by caring for the burial sites of Black people, Indigenous people, immigrants, religious minorities, and the poor.
As an over 300 year old cemetery, NBG displays the landscape and architecture of the major design and planning movements in American history. The oldest sections reflect the utilitarian characteristics of an 18th century graveyard. NBG kept up with the trends and in the mid-nineteenth century, the Rural Cemetery Movement saw cemeteries landscaped into walking parks with elaborate planting, winding pathways, and features like the Receiving Tomb and Marble Staircase entrance. Today, the cemetery’s new sections are reflective of the Lawn Park Cemetery movement, which is characterized by open vistas.
NBG is an active cemetery with over 200 burials a year. We have an active community of families of the deceased, affinity groups, and regular visitors. The many windy roads and rolling topography make the North Burial an ideal walking or jogging site, and the park-like atmosphere is home to some of Providence’s most interesting urban wildlife.
Hours and Contact
Cemetery Main Gate: Open seven days a week, 8:00AM-4:00PM, all year. Last car entry through the gates is 3:45PM.
Late Spring-Early Fall: Saturdays and Sundays 8:00AM-6:00PM. Seasonal hour changes are dependent on weather conditions.
Address: 5 Branch Avenue, Providence, RI 02904
North Burial Ground offers a variety of options to memorialize your loved ones.
Burial: We offer both single graves and family lots. Our single graves and family lots are located near the entrance to the cemetery and are available for as need and pre need sales. All of our burial lots allow for a variety of headstone styles, with some size restrictions.
Single graves have space for two interments, one extra deep and one on top.
Family Lots begin at two graves for four interments, or three graves for six interments. Adjoining family lots can be purchased to make larger family lots.
Cremation: We offer cremation burial or inurnment in a niche in our columbaria garden.
Cremation Family Lots: We are pleased to announce a limited number of family cremation lots at Sycamore & Lily, a landscaped garden section of the cemetery near “Greek Hill.” Sycamore & Lily lots have space for up to four buried urns, and a shared family monument.
The Glen Columbaria Garden: The Glen Columbaria Garden in the heart of North Burial Ground features four stone columbaria, each with forty-eight marble-fronted niches, which allow for the permanent placement of inurned cremated remains. Each niche has space for two urns. Your purchase of a columbaria niche includes all engraving.
Cremation Burial in a Single Grave or Family Lot: We are happy to accommodate cremation burials on top of any extra deep burial in our traditional burial lots or a traditional burial lot can be used entirely for cremations.