Roger Williams Root

 

Early in Providenceís history fashionable Benefit St was nothing but a graveyard, the only trace of this is the Tillinghast Plot.Across the street from the Tillinghast plot is where Roger Williams was laid to rest, however no one is sure where he came to ultimately rest. When the RI Historical society exhumed him to re-inter him in the North Burial Ground they found nothing but a root of an apple tree. This root was shaped like a human skeleton; moreover it was where Roger Williamsís remains should have been. Maybe all the support to the natives awarded him a long life as an apple tree in the hereafter, or maybe it was an apple tree from the Massachusetts Bay Colony seeking a final revenge. At any rate Iím still working on obtaining a picture of the root as the RI Historical Society seems quite reserved about the whole affair.

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