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Springfield, Massachusetts: Tomb Guarded by Sphinx

Businessman Everett Barney was so wealthy that his tomb is guarded by a stone sphinx. And you have to pay to see it.

Forest Park

299 Sumner Ave., Springfield, MA
Forest Park. Once past the gate house, follow signs for the Carriage House. The tomb is just to the west of the house.
Park closes at dusk. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
$5 per vehicle.
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Tomb Guarded by Sphinx

Forest Park was originally the estate of millionaire businessman Everett Barney who invented improved designs for both ice skates and roller skates. He built an elaborate tomb for his family just west of his mansion and carriage house, overlooking the Connecticut River.He donated the land to the city after his death. The house was demolished when I-91 was constructed, but the carriage house and the tomb survived and they are both popular park attractions. The tomb is guarded by a sphinx and is surrounded by a fence to keep people from climbing the stairs.

[signmanjoe, 12/19/2017]

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