– Elder Ballou Cemetery –
It is the mission of the BRWC and its volunteers to see the restoration and preservation of this Historic Cemetery. With annual maintenance and gravestone repairs, we are reversing years of vandalism and neglect. It is the responsibility of all that we do our part to help sustain the graves and the history of the men and women who came before us who left us a rich legacy that we call our past.
As good stewards, we can assure you that every dollar we spend, including our own will continue to go towards preserving and protecting this historic treasure for future generations.
AND IN THE END IT’S NOT THE YEARS IN YOUR LIFE THAT COUNT.
IT’S THE LIFE IN YOUR YEARS. “Lincoln”
The Ballou Family has a long and rich history in the Blackstone Valley. Eliza Ballou Garfield was the Daughter of James Ballou the wife of our 20th US President James A. Garfield. Sullivan Ballou a Major of the 2nd Regiment of Rhode Island Volunteers Infantry is known primarily for writing the most stirring war time love letter “ever” to his wife Sarah one week before he died at the Battle of Bull Run in the Civil War. It was featured prominently in Ken Burns’ 1990 PBS television series “The Civil War.” Unlike Sullivan who was buried at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, many of Sullivan’s relatives including his father Hiram Ballou are buried at the Elder Ballou Cemetery.
Please make checks payable to: BRWC
In memo: Elder Ballou Cemetery
BRWC / FOB
P.O. Box 8068
Cumberland, RI 02864