The Cranston Historical Cemetery Commission was established by the Cranston City Council and is a group of volunteers appointed by the city to locate, assess, document, and to provide signage for Cranston’s historic cemeteries. Documentation of these cemeteries includes the physical location, GPS Coordinates, cemetery description, condition, and gravestone information in photographic, electronic and hard format. All data will be compatible with the software and methods used by the Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission.

The Commission will provide leadership for all volunteer citizens who wish to work with the Commission in carrying out maintenance and documentation of our historical cemeteries. The Commission will attempt to answer questions from Cranston Citizens and others regarding the cemeteries and those buried within them. The Commission, with the help of volunteers, will strive to provide maintenance of the grounds and the repair and restoration of stones, walls, and fences, as resources become available.

The Commission formally meets on the second Wednesday of each month (March-November) at 6:30pm at the Sprague Mansion located at 1351 Cranston Street. Meetings are open to the public for those who wish to bring an issue of concern to the Commission, to learn more about what we do, or to become more involved. Attendance at meetings is not necessary to volunteer with the Commission.

It is only with the assistance of volunteers in our community that we can achieve our goals. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed their time and treasure to assist us and we are excited to continue working with you to improve our many historical cemeteries. If you are interested in volunteering with us, require community service hours, would like to learn more about Cranston’s cemeteries, or if you have any questions or concerns regarding Cranston cemeteries, please feel free to contact us by phone or through any of the following means:

(401) 944-9226 (Sprague Mansion)