Moravian Cemetery: A Who's Who in Staten Island History.

Moravian Cemetery: A Who's Who in Staten Island History.

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AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR REPRESENTATIVES AND MORAVIAN CEMETERY BOARD OF TRUSTEES:
With all the mass gatherings in protests and the thousands at the funeral of George Floyd I question why Moravian Cemetary is still not operating for visitations on normal schedule. My 94 year old mother needs to visit her husband of over 70 years, and we, his children, are heartbroken. Allowances for one group and not all may be politically correct, but morally wrong- Moravian is an open air place that can easily be socially distanced.. with masks as well. Please open up this cemetery now.
Hi...I think I have a photo of Karl Feist - stonecutter and monument maker ca. 1880 to 1915. If there are other known photographs of him we could compare.
Remove Larry Cummings .......
Tina Turner is THE BEST!!!!
Back in the late 1950's there was in the upper section of Moravian a green colored wooden windmill (one could see the fence in the distance of Vanderbilt's mausoleum) minus its blades. Around 1963, it was dismantled, and at the time, you could still see the remains of its base. In 1971-72, it was all filled in. I have been searching for a photo of it (since I started using The Internet in 1992; and previously in any books on S.I.) to no avail. Do you have one you could post?
Willaim & Rhoda Rumph
A drone's view of the Vanderbilt Mausoleum.
Fathers Day June 18, 2017
I still can't access this FB page.
A shout-out to all the visitors who came on our Spring 2017 Walking Tours of Moravian Cemetery. We had people who came on all four tours, we had people who came on one tour and are planning to come back in the Fall for other tours.

We offer 4 walking tours. Each tour takes place in a different part of the cemetery. We have tours for the public, and private tours for families, groups, and organizations.
E-mail: [email protected]
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May 28, 2017. 2p. Sunday. Central Avenue Tour. This tour features first Borough President George Cromwell, architect John M. Carrere (Borough Hall, Andrew Carnegie Libraries), Beer brewery founder August Horrmann (R & H Beer), Award winning playwright Paul Zindel, Maj. Clarence Barrett (Barrett Park) and many other prominent people.

May 29, 2017. 2p. Monday, Memorial Day. Meadow Avenue Tour….Our NEW tour.
We’ll visit a Congressman who spent the last years of his life searching for Capt. Kidd’s buried treasure; A ferry boat captain whose most memorable achievement occurred during the Blizzard of 1888: his worst moment occurred when his boat hit the ferry terminal building; Author of the well-known history book “Morris's Memorial History of Staten Island;” A circus owner who performed at Coney Island’s Dreamland: his act featured elephants, tigers and lions; A detective assigned to Manhattan’s financial district who arrested pickpockets, purse thieves, and stock swindlers; The first Staten Islander to die in battle during WWI; A man who served in Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders; The inventor of the box kite; A man whose shipyard built a racing yacht for Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany; the shipyard employed 9,000 people during WWI.

90 minute tours. Entrance fee $10. pp.
e-mail: [email protected]

Walk through Moravian Cemetery, you'll see names of people who have towns, streets, schools, and parks named for them. A cemetery is an outdoor museum.

Moravian Cemetery (founded 1740) offers guided tours thru its beautiful landscaped grounds. Cemetery historian and tour guide and promoter of local history, Richard Simpson says, “I can’t predict the future, but I can sure tell you about the past. It's up to me to keep people's memory alive by telling their real-life story.” Simpson has compiled biographical information for hundreds of people rest

Operating as usual

Photos from Alice Austen House Museum's post 03/17/2022

Celebrating Alice's Birthday at Moravian Cemetery....Bonnie J Smith Bolstein Jerry Bolstein Gerard, Victoria,

03/17/2022

Happy Birthday Alice Austen....

03/13/2022

Post Card ca. 1900.

Photos from Moravian Cemetery: A Who's Who in Staten Island History.'s post 03/12/2022

George William Curtis (1824-1892) his wife Anna Shaw (1836-1923).

Photos: 1) Gravestone. 2) Curtis Sketch 1886. 3) Curtis residence Davis Avenue.

03/11/2022

Names on gravestones....

01/13/2022

We do NOT sell nor do we endorse anyone selling Moravian Cemetery T-Shirts, Hats, Hoodies, Tickets for Walking Tours, or any like items.
E-mail us if you have any concerns. [email protected]

01/08/2022
12/05/2021

Looking for a gift?

How ‘bout the book “A Walk Through Moravian Cemetery.” You’ll learn which families have towns, streets and schools named for them. And what professions they held: doctors, lawyers, politicians, historians, authors, inventors, teachers, architects, sheriffs and every day businessmen.

You’ll also learn about gravestones, monuments and mausoleums.
This hard-covered coffee-table book makes the perfect gift.

Take a walk, A Walk Through Moravian Cemetery. Price: $20.00. Can be shipped anywhere in the United States for an additional $5.00.

For purchase contact the author, Richard Simpson, through Facebook or e-mail: [email protected]

09/11/2021
07/02/2021

July 4 2021

ECU researcher uncovers 400 graves in abandoned African American cemetery 06/16/2021

ECU researcher uncovers 400 graves in abandoned African American cemetery

ECU researcher uncovers 400 graves in abandoned African American cemetery Off of Lee Street in Ayden sits an old, largely forgotten graveyard for African Americans.

06/15/2021

Kate Blysch, age 25, of Stapleton, died 117 years ago today in the General Slocum boat disaster.

06/14/2021

At the intersection of Battle and Hemlock Avenues, this wisteria certainly had its moment this season! It’s never too early for a #throwback to these dramatic blooms. 📸 @art.presson (Instagram) #historicgreenwood #greenwoodcemetery #wisteria #flora

A Bangor cemetery will now let people be buried with their pets 06/12/2021

A Bangor cemetery will now let people be buried with their pets

Hopefully more cemeteries will follow....

A Bangor cemetery will now let people be buried with their pets In addition to the new Whole-Family Lot, Mount Hope has also opened its new Faithful Friends Pet Section, a cemetery just for pets.

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05/30/2021

Memorial Day. Remembering those who served and those who are serving.

05/29/2021

Join us for our virtual conference in June!
For schedule and details: https://www.gravestonestudies.org/conferences/annual-conference
Register here: https://ags.wildapricot.org/event-4257163

Funny Tombstones That Are Impossible Not to Laugh At 05/25/2021

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Photos from Moravian Cemetery: A Who's Who in Staten Island History.'s post 05/16/2021

The Parish House located on the grounds of the New Dorp Moravian Church (New Dorp-Grant City area) is available to rent for private parties, stage productions, lectures, meetings, and photo shoots.

We also have a gymnasium for sport groups.

The Parish House is a 1,700 sq. ft. hall, 300 sq. ft. stage, large kitchen, serving area, plenty of off street parking.

Reserve now for your special day.
Tel. 718.351.0090 x5

05/09/2021

Moravian Cemetery Mother's Day 2019 = 1,185 cars. I bet the count is higher today. Expect delays.

05/07/2021

On April 26, cleaning began on the headstone of Elizabeth Burton Groesbeck. The stone was covered with heavy lichen growth which hid the inscription and the distinctive soul effigy carving.

The cleaning process is still underway as the D/2 Biological Solution continues to work well after application, but the inscription is now completely legible and we can see the whimsical winged face clearly now. A late example of a soul effigy, it is also one of the best preserved.

The “before” images and original post: https://tinyurl.com/rv3nka83

-Paula Lemire
Historian, Friends of the Albany Rural Cemetery

05/03/2021

Olmsted nanny, Harriett Errington who lived in Stapleton founded Miss Errington's School for Girls. Alice Austen was a student. Harriett is buried at Moravian Cemetery.

Photos from Albany Rural Cemetery's post 05/02/2021

Photos from Albany Rural Cemetery's post

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Why Are So Many Ancient Statues Missing Their Noses?

Why Are So Many Ancient Statues Missing Their Noses? If you have ever visited a museum, you've probably noticed that many ancient sculptures are missing their noses, arms, heads, and other appendages.

Peter Kerr Obituary (2021) - Staten Island, NY - Staten Island Advance 04/22/2021

Peter Kerr Obituary (2021) - Staten Island, NY - Staten Island Advance

Peter Kerr Obituary (2021) - Staten Island, NY - Staten Island Advance View Peter Kerr's obituary, send flowers and sign the guestbook.

04/20/2021

This is very helpful to everyone....

Lessons You Can Learn from Your Local Cemetery | Sixty and Me 04/15/2021

Lessons You Can Learn from Your Local Cemetery | Sixty and Me

On Moravian Cemetery's tours you'll see family names on gravestones that have streets, towns, schools, ferry boats, and parks named for them.

Lessons You Can Learn from Your Local Cemetery | Sixty and Me Have you ever toured your local cemetery? Well, perhaps you ought to. It's full of history, nature, and so much more!

04/10/2021

Alice Austen's grave at Moravian Cemetery (04/10/2021)....

04/04/2021

He is Risen. Happy Easter.

Oldest Cemeteries in Massachusetts 03/31/2021

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Oldest Cemeteries in Massachusetts Massachusetts has many historic cemeteries. Not surprisingly, some of the oldest cemeteries in Massachusetts happen to be located in some of the oldest towns in the state. Most of these cemeteries were established in the

Photos from The Green-Wood Cemetery's post 03/31/2021

Photos from The Green-Wood Cemetery's post

Is This Egyptian Site the World’s Oldest Pet Cemetery? 03/29/2021

Is This Egyptian Site the World’s Oldest Pet Cemetery?

Is This Egyptian Site the World’s Oldest Pet Cemetery? Perhaps, but humans all over the world, from Siberia to Illinois, have a long history of burying animals with respect.

03/28/2021

March is Women’s History Month.

“Moravian Cemetery: A Who’s Who in Staten Island History” is proud to present the real-life stories of several women who are buried at Moravian Cemetery. They include: Geraldine Bonner (novelist, playwright, and writer of mystery stories); Anna Merven Carrere (landscape architect); Eva Watson (the first woman in Staten Island to get a hack license); and Eliza Holmes (Mrs. Betty Spicer) who was born into slavery.

Scroll down page to read their real-life stories.

03/28/2021

Our Story

Moravian Cemetery (founded 1740) offers guided tours thru its beautiful landscaped grounds. Cemetery historian and tour guide and promoter of local history, Richard Simpson says, “I can’t predict the future, but I can sure tell you about the past. It's up to me to keep people's memory alive by telling their real-life story.” Simpson has compiled biographical information for hundreds of people resting in the cemetery.

Simpson also answers requests from families seeking burial records which are important when researching: the cemetery's records date to 1867.

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2205 Richmond Rd
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Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Thursday 9am - 4pm
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