The Fairhaven Office of Tourism has just published a new eight-page brochure to help guide visitors through the town’s historic Riverside Cemetery. According to Director of Tourism Christopher J. Richard, the brochure includes a map that is keyed with the locations of nearly fifty important grave sites in the cemetery as well as brief biographical sketches of prominent citizens who were buried there. The brochure is now available at the Visitors Center, 43 Center St., Fairhaven.
“For years, when Japanese visitors ask where Capt. Whitfield’s grave is or if people ask about the Delano or Rogers mausoleums, I’ve had to grab a pen and a piece of scrap paper and draw them a map,” Richard said. “Now they can pick up a brochure and learn a lot more.” Richard noted that the Riverside Cemetery Tour, which he guides twice a year, is one of the most popular walks offered by the Office of Tourism. The brochure can serve as a guide to those who cannot attend a guided tour.
The brochure offers a short history of the lovely rural style cemetery created in 1850 by Warren Delano II, the grandfather of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Some of the highlighted burial sites include those of town benefactor Henry H. Rogers, Revolutionary War hero Nathaniel Pope, businessman William F. Nye, artist William Bradford, members of the D.N. Kelley family and people from more recent history such as selectman Walter Silveira, educator Elizabeth I. Hastings, Donald R. Bernard and Dr. Martha Cummings.
Richard created all of the text, photographs and the map for the brochure. Half of the cost of the printing was covered by a donation from Riverside Cemetery, where copies of the brochure will also be available.
The Fairhaven Visitors Center is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information call 508-979-4085
or email FairhavenTours@aol.com