Cemetery Commission

The Barrington Cemetery Commission was established in January 1909 when Frederick S. Peck, a Barrington State Legislator and prominent citizen, gave the Town of Barrington a $10,000.00 endowment with the proviso that the citizens would elect three Commissioners, one each year for a three-year term, to have all management and control of Barrington Town Cemeteries. Since that time, no Town taxes have been raised or allocated for the care and maintenance of Barrington's six cemeteries.

Per the Town Charter, the Commissioners of Cemeteries and Burial Grounds have full control and management of all cemeteries and burial grounds belonging to the Town or in which the Town has any interest. The Commission has the right to sell and dispose of burial lots belonging to the Town and any interest of the Town in any burial lots in the cemeteries and burial grounds for such price, and under such terms, restrictions, rules and regulations, as they shall adopt.

Find more information about each cemetery below.

For more information, see the Town Charter, Title 16, Chapter 1.

Meetings, Minutes and Agendas

The Cemetery Commission meets on a monthly basis and its meetings are open to the public. The Commission's minutes and agendas are available through the Secretary of State's website.

Annual Reports

  • FY 2017 (to come)


Secretary of State - Agendas, Minutes

Our Cemeteries

Active Cemeteries

Forest Chapel

Forest Chapel

Nayatt Rd.
Barrington, RI 02806
Latitude: 41.7285697
Longitude: -71.3110585
Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission Database

Locate a grave using CemeteryFind

Prince's Hill

Prince's Hill

283 County Rd.
Barrington, RI 02806
Latitude: 41.74124191
Longitude: -71.30923943
Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission Database

Locate a grave using CemeteryFind

Historical Cemeteries

Tyler Point Historical Cemetery

Tyler Point Burial Ground

24 Tyler Point Road,
Barrington, Rhode Island 02806
Latitude: 41.73562485
Longitude: -71.29111048
Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission Database

Matthew Watson Cemetery

Watson Yard (Matthew Watson Cemetery )

1-99 Brick Pond Dr,
Barrington, RI 02806
Latitude: 41.73193296
Longitude: -71.32414485
Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission Database

Allin Yard Historical Cemetery

Allin Yard (Allin Burial Ground)

Bay Spring Ave,
Barrington, RI 02806
Latitude: 41.748044
Longitude: -71.346689
Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission Database

Knockum Hill Cemetery

Knockum Hill Burial Ground

New Meadow Road & Warren Avenue
Telephone Pole #33,
Barrington, RI 02806
Latitude: 41.77007188
Longitude: -71.30329066
Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission Database



Cremation Garden

With the growing shortage of open land in Barrington and the overall need for more affordable burials, the Barrington Cemetery Commission has decided to construct its first cremation garden to be located in the southeast corner of Prince's Hill Cemetery on County Road, adjacent to Town Hall. Cremation burials in our community are growing steadily in number and are now being selected 30% of the time. Besides cost savings, the Commission feels cremation interment offers more options for the location of final disposition and for the choice of memorials one might use to honor their loved ones. It is never too soon to set up an attractive location in beautiful surrounding that will receive special long-term care.

The sketch above provides a perspective of how this development may appear on the knoll around the existing Leander Peck mausoleum, which overlooks the Barrington River. It will consist of a curvilinear ascending walkway that originates and ends at the east and west extremities of this site. You can see three sitting areas surrounded by columbarium wall units containing niches for storing urns holding cremation ashes. The Commission expects to include other cremation sites along the length of the walkway which may be seen as flush in-ground markers or upright tablets. Construction began in August 2009.

The Commission welcomes your questions and suggestions about our new cremation garden, which we eventually plan to expand into the southern boundary area of Prince's Hill Cemetery. For more information, please submit your inquiry via e-mail: susan@fullchannel.net.

Cremation Burials

  • A typical cremation burial is more affordable than the traditional full-ground interment, with its likely multiple expenses including those of burial lot, casket, vault, liner, foundation, headstone and funeral director...could be 50% or more less expensive.

  • What is columbarium? It is a burial vault or other structure with recesses (niches) in the walls to received cremation ashes (urns).

  • Why purchase a columbarium niche?

  • It is an environment that will be carefully maintained.

  • It allows you to purchase additional contiguous niches for other family members.

  • Each niche will hold two sets of cremains.

  • It allows your loved ones a place to visit and be comforted

  • Cremation urns can be transported by family over state lines and through U.S. Mail.

  • Columbarium niches conserve land and are a green alternative.



  • John E. Anderson

  • James Bessel

  • Stephen Kirby, Recording Secretary

  • Timothy E. McMahon

  • Susan L. Taylor, Chairperson; susan@fullchannel.net

Town Council Liaison

Superintendent of Cemeteries

Enzly Ramsay
Ramsay's Inc.
24 Verndale Circle
Bristol, Rhode Island 02809