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Prospect Terrace, Providence
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Prospect Terrace Park is a park located on Congdon Street in the College Hill neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. The park, founded in 1867, overlooks the city's "downcity."Author and Providence native H. P. Lovecraft frequently visited the park.A statue of theologian Roger Williams was built in the late 1930s after Williams' descendant Stephen Randall made a deed of gift for the monument. The approximate 15-foot tall granite statue commemorates Williams' founding of the state of Rhode Island and his promotion for religious freedom. The statue depicts Williams gazing over the city.In 1939, Roger Williams' remains were moved into a tomb that lies directly beneath the statue. His body had been overgrown by the roots of an apple tree next to his original grave. The roots grew over the form of his body, so that it looked identical to a human form. The remainder of his bones were reburied in a bronze casket and placed beneath his statue in Prospect Terrace. The so-called "Williams Root" is preserved and is now on display at the John Brown House Museum on the East Side of Providence.
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  • I walked up the hill to the park and that was a feat! But it was so worth it! Amazing view of the city! I recommend seeing it from below as well because that's the best view of the statue. This is a m...  more »
  • Best views are had in the fall after the leaves have fallen. Beautiful view of the city. Statue of Roger Williams, benches for sitting. Go in the day then again at night. 
  • This was an unexpected treat - as I came here at the recommendation of a friend. What an amazing view of Providence on a wonderful weather day! The park was a wonderful sanctuary from the bustle of do...  more »